New cybersecurity reminders to offer quick, valuable tips to employees

January 9, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Starting this month, the Information Assurance Michigan Medicine Education & Awareness Program will publish monthly IT security awareness reminders titled “Cyber Safety — Review in 2.”

The goal is to increase awareness of key cybersecurity topics by presenting important information that can be reviewed in two minutes or less.

To encourage the Michigan Medicine workforce to learn more about these key IT security topics, readers who provide a correct answer to a monthly quiz will be entered into a drawing for a free breakfast basket to be delivered to their place of work. A fun info poster will also be available each month — which just might offer that correct answer!

January’s Cyber Safety — Review in 2: Wiping sensitive data from personal devices

Many employees use personally-owned mobile devices — a smartphone, tablet or laptop, etc. — for daily work at Michigan Medicine. Perhaps you got a new one over the holidays.

Before you recycle, resell or dispose of your current personal device, you need to “wipe” it and take steps to remove any personal or sensitive data, including work data, that you may have stored on the device.

Did you know?

Merely deleting files on a device does not completely remove them. Files that are moved to a trash can or recycle bin can be easily recovered using free file recovery software. Before you dispose of the device, you are expected to wipe it.

This is especially important if you have used a personal device for U-M work purposes.

Besides, it’s policy! See the Standard Practice Guide.

View and print the January reminder poster. Feel free to hang it in your work area or share with others.

Take the January quiz!

Q: Who would you contact to erase sensitive data from your personal device? (Tip:  Open the awareness poster for the answer!)

A: Email your answer to IAMM-Ed-Awa@med.umich.edu and put “January Quiz” in the subject line.

You will be entered into the drawing for a free breakfast basket. See the complete list of all of the “Cyber Safety  Review in 2” posters on the Safe Computing website.

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