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Preventing Network Security Breaches

Learn about network security breaches at universities and find out what UCSD is doing to prevent problems like these.


The number of security breaches occurring in higher education environments is increasing as malicious actors turn their attention towards universities, resulting in interruption to services, theft of confidential or proprietary data, and exposure of personal information.

All members of the UCSD community are obligated to respect and protect private information, whether it is transmitted and stored electronically (e.g., e-mail) or in print. Individuals are responsible for the information under their control. Responsibility for protecting individual privacy is a part of everyone's job.

What you can do to help prevent security breaches

  • Read the campus notice about your responsibilities.
  • Set up your secure system access.
  • Use a virtual private network to safely access network resources from off campus.
  • Report suspected security violations to your department's technical support person. If you don't know who that is, contact the ITS Service Desk, (858) 246-4357 or ext. 6-HELP..
  • If you use and/or store private information such as your Social Security, credit card, or driver license number, examine all of the business processes you undertake for the University and ensure that the retrieval/ storage of private information within your office setting is absolutely necessary for such processes.
  • Answer "yes" to the following statements:
    • Access to all private information I work with is restricted on a need-to-know basis.
    • Access to my computer and other information technology equipment assigned to me is password-protected.
    • I log off my computer or use a screensaver password when I leave my work station.
    • Information on my screen is kept hidden from visitors to my work area.
    • All sensitive papers, printouts, etc., are safely secured during the day when I leave my work area and locked up during non-work hours.
    • My computer has up-to-date anti-virus software and software patches.

What UC San Diego is doing to prevent network security breaches