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Data Security Initiative

Drexel has begun a data security initiative, part of a comprehensive security, privacy and compliance program, to better protect academic, medical, financial and other sensitive personal records entrusted to the University. The three main components of the security initiative are:

Anti-virus and Security: Drexel provides Sophos Endpoint Security and Control for Windows PCs and Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac on OS X.  These applications provide effective anti-malware and antivirus, have built-in web malware scanning to stop malicious content served on the web from ever reaching your computer.

Computer Encryption: Drexel provides Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise, a disk encryption tool to protects the contents of computers. In the unfortunate event of a lost or stolen computer, its contents cannot be viewed, protecting personal and university records.  (Sophos and IRT recommend that encrypted computers subscribe to a secure backup service, such as CrashPlan ProE.)

Note: Smartphone and tablet security changes described below will occur on Thursday, July 10, not Wednesday as noted in the mass email sent earlier.
Smartphone and Tablet Security: As of July 10, 2014, Drexel applies security and encryption settings for smartphones and tablets. The settings apply when phones or tablets connect to the Drexel mail servers. Devices that do not accept the new settings cannot continue to synchronize email, calendar, or contact information with Drexel. 

Email Data Loss Protection: Email leaving Drexel is scanned for sensitive data, such as social security numbers and credit card numbers, and automatically encrypted if such content is found. This ensures that private data is delivered securely.