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Security Overview

This page is a list of policies and resources on security and privacy at Penn. Included below is information on computing risks and responsibilities for Penn Law faculty and staff.

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General Information about Security & Privacy at Penn

Here are the main security and privacy links for Penn. We recommend you read these sites to learn more about computing safety and security.

Reporting Computer or Offline Security Incidents: Under Penn’s Incident Response Policy, faculty, staff, and students using Penn systems are required to report any suspected or confirmed computer security incident. Please contact or (215) 898-9140 to report an incident.

Confidential Data & Student Records

Please visit our Student Data & FERPA page for more information.

Working with Penn Data

Staff and Faculty who connect to Penn Law servers or access data have special responsibilities.

Please make sure you follow the follow best practices for secure computing including:

Computing Responsibilities

  • Report your system if lost or stolen: both mobiles and Windows 10 computers allow remote data deletion.
  • All mobile devices (including laptops) need to be encrypted.
  • Use strong, complex passwords and store using LastPass.
  • Use multifactor authentication when possible: PennKey, LawKey, or non-Penn systems
  • Use a device PIN or password-protected screensaver.
  • Keep antivirus up to date: (for personal devices install Symantec)
  • Upgrade to Windows 10 and Office 365 (or current MacOS). 

Best Practices

  • Don’t save passwords.
  • Logoff of password protected websites when done.
  • Don’t use untrusted computers (public kiosks/Internet cafes) or free wireless access points to access sensitive data or Penn systems. Change your password if you have used an untrusted computer or Wi-Fi.


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