IT Security for Faculty & Staff

As a member of the UC Santa Barbara Faculty and Staff, you are responsible for ensuring the security of data and other information technology property.

The Security Team, led by Sam Horowitz, is committed to providing the information needed to help navigate IT security.

These resources will guide faculty and staff on the necessary security software and best practices to protect their data.

If you need to report an incident please go to our Report Harassing or Unwanted Email page, the Report Scanning, Hacking, and Other Hostile Activity page, or the Report a Lost or Stolen Device page.

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Best Practices For Securing Your Data

1. Install anti-virus and anti-malware software. 

2. Avoid phishing scams – NEVER provide your password to anyone via e-mail or via any other mechanism.

3. Only visit trustworthy websites.  Watch for websites that try to imitate campus resources.

4. Never store Social Security Numbers or other protected personal data on University-owned computers.

5. Ensure your computer does not have software that may be used for illegal file sharing.

6. Utilize UCSB Secure or eduroam, UCSB's two preferred secure wireless networks for faculty, staff and students.

7. Use a unique password for your UCSBnetID.

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Information Security Articles, References, & Blogs

For a deeper look into Information Security, check out our extensive list of articles, blogs, and more!

IT Security Systems Used On Campus

Pulse Secure - This is the secured VPN client application used on campus, an integrated virtual private network with network access control and mobile security solutions.

Palo Alto - Enables the prevention of successful cyberattacks with an automated approach that delivers consistent security across clouds, networks, and mobile devices

Duo - Allows for Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)

Sophos - Products for communication endpoint, encryption, network security, email security, mobile security and unified threat management (malware prevention).