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Harvard University is committed to protecting the information that is critical to teaching, research, and the University’s many varied activities, our business operation, and the communities we support, including students, faculty, staff members, and the public. These protections may be governed by legal, contractual, or University policy considerations.

Everyone at Harvard has a responsibility for proper handling and protection of confidential information as set out in the Policy Statements. These policies apply to the entire Harvard community including faculty, staff, and students. Each policy is supported by Requirements that describe what must be done to be in compliance. Specific implementation steps are described in the How-Tos that accompany the Requirements.

For questions about policy interpretation and application, or for assistance with implementation steps or to find out about information security services that are offered at HLS, contact the ITS Service Desk.

Security News & Updates

Harvard’s Chief Information Security Officer talks Phishing

Harvard’s Chief Information Security Officer, Christian Hamer, recently sat down with the Harvard Gazette to discuss the rise of Phishing attacks. Phishing attacks are ever increasing at Harvard because, as Hamer states, “There’s a reason cyber attackers use phishing emails — they are cheap, low-tech, and they work”.

To stay safe online, Hamer recommends the […]

Safe Computing Newsletter – Fall 2017

Dear Members of the HLS Community,

Welcome to the Fall 2017 ITS Safe Computing Newsletter. Our goal with these advisories is to raise awareness of security related issues and topics. Should you have any questions on the following, please call ITS at 617-495-0722 or email hlshelp@law.harvard.edu.

As the old saying goes, “there’s no rest for […]

Phishing Message Received – 11.1.17

This example of a Phishing Message was received on Nov. 1st.  It tries to trick you into entering your email address and password to see and sign a non-existent document.  If you receive this message, please disregard, and do not open it or enter credentials.

From: Jack Powell <jack.powell@stayonline.com> Date: November 1, 2017 […]

HLS Safe Computing Newsletter – May 2017

Dear Members of the HLS Community,

Welcome to the HLS ITS Safe Computing newsletter. Our goal with these quarterly advisories is to raise awareness of security related issues and topics. Should you have any questions on the following, please call ITS at 617-495-0722 or email hlshelp@law.harvard.edu.

Technology plays an ever-increasing role in our lives. As […]

Safe Computing newsletter Mar 2017 – Use strong passwords

Dear members of the HLS community,

Welcome to the HLS ITS Safe Computing newsletter. Our goal with these quarterly advisories is to raise awareness of security related issues and topics. Should you have any questions on the following, please call ITS at 617-495-0722 or email hlshelp@law.harvard.edu.

Use Strong Passwords – Technology has changed in […]

Phish Bowl

Phishing is when criminals attempt to trick you into clicking a dangerous link or file attachment in a message. Falling for the trick can cost you your passwords, bank account information, or personal data.