Information Security



Safe Computer Installation, Configuration and Disposal

It is very important that all computers on campus be installed, configured, and disposed of in a safe manner. Improper installation, configuration, or disposal of computers can lead to serious security problems and data breaches, some of which may lead to violations of federal or local regulations.

The proper procedures for these activities are handled by the Helpdesk, and can be found at the Technology Support Center Helpdesk site under the "Services Offered" section. Also, users can contact the Technology Support Center Helpdesk directly at 472-4357 for computer installation, configuration, and disposal.


  1. Backup important data regularly to a network share or CD-ROM.
  2. Keep your operation system up to date with current patches and service packs. Windows Update works well for Windows systems.
  3. Lock your desktop when not in use. Set your screensaver to lock your workstation after 15 minutes of inactivity.
  4. Use only programs that are necessary to do your work and that are provided by iCIT. Installing and using unknown programs can compromise the security of your workstation.
  5. Run your workstation as a regular user instead of an administrator, if possible. Using a regular user will result in safer operation.
  6. If the business practice in your office permits listening to music during the work day, it is recommended that you use CDs. If you choose to listen to Internet radio, be aware that certain Internet radio programs can create a large amount of network traffic and also allow other people to connect to your computer to access the same radio stream. To prevent your computer from being compromised, we recommend the following players for Internet Radio: Windows Media Player, Real Player, Netscape Radio or iTunes.
  7. iCIT distributes anti-virus software and critical OS security updates to office computers through network login or connectivity. If you require any other type of operating system maintenance, contact the Technology Support Center Helpdesk to request assistance.
  8. Restart your computer once a day or at least once a week to ensure updates are being applied.