Information Technology Services

Information Security at Union

Information security in higher education is often looked at as an oxymoron.  How can we foster an open teaching and learning environment while expecting members of the community to follow rigid and archaic rules that fly in the face of being open?  It turns out that information security doesn't need to be as difficult or scary as it sounds.  It's not about big brother policing everything we do, it's about our community working together to ensure a more stable environment for everyone. Information security is just a newer concept than physical security and so it seems more confusing.  However, just as you wouldn't leave your door unlocked, your jewelry out in a common area or go speeding through campus too fast, you also shouldn't give out your password, leave grade spreadsheets out on printers or forget to keep your computer up-to-date with patches and virus scanning.  

But, this a new area that many are unfamiliar with and ITS is here to help!  This site will serve as a resource for anyone looking to learn more about security and privacy in the digital world.  This site is just a starting point though!  If you have questions beyond what is here and would like to know more, contact the ITS Help Desk at (518) 388-6400 or email us at helpdesk@union.edu.