Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Spot the risks for a chance to win prizes!

October 14, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Can you solve this week’s Cybersecurity game? See if you can spot all of the security risks on this employee’s desk. The first 10 people to complete the game win a swag box! Submit contest answers to

Essentials of encryption

Encryption ensures that the data on a device is only accessible by those who have permission to access it. Encryption also prevents sensitive and confidential data from being disclosed to unauthorized individuals should a device be stolen, lost, etc. Everyone has a responsibility to protect university data by using encryption in accordance with UM-IT Standard DS-15.

What you need to know:

  • Institutionally-owned devices:

Devices provided and managed by Health Information Technology & Services (HITS), such as laptops, desktop workstations, and tablets, are already encrypted and secure.

  • Personally-owned devices:

Personally-owned laptops, tablets or smartphones used for work purposes must be enrolled in Michigan Medicine’s mobile device management service called “Intelligent Hub” (formerly called “AirWatch”). Intelligent Hub provides the encryption and security protocols required to access internal resources via Michigan Medicine’s networks.

  • Removable media:

Removable storage/media, including USB flash or “thumb” drives and external hard drives, must be encrypted to ensure the data is secure. The Apricorn brand is recommended for USB drives. Michigan Medicine encourages the use of approved online file transfer/sharing services (MiShare, U-M Box) when possible, instead of removable media. See these guidelines for more information.

Be sure to print the Review in 2 poster to share with coworkers.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Each week, Michigan Medicine’s Information Assurance team will highlight a different aspect of Cybersecurity. The IA team will be organizing a variety of games and activities with a chance to win some great prizes! Visit National Cybersecurity Awareness Month for more information.