Posted: February 1, 2022

Ag IT is embarking on a Cyber Hygiene journey, and we ask that you join us! Through this partnership, we will create and sustain a more secure computing environment within our College. Following is a high-level overview of our campaign to improve cyber hygiene in 2022.

What is cyber hygiene?

Chris Brook, managing editor for Data Insider, recounts, "Cyber hygiene is often compared to personal hygiene. Much like an individual engages in certain personal hygiene practices to maintain good health and well-being, cyber hygiene practices can keep data safe and well-protected."

Why is good cyber hygiene important?

A computer that is well maintained is less likely to be an enticing environment for cybersecurity attacks. A large area where we can collectively improve lies within ensuring our computer operating systems and software applications are up to date with updates and security patches and our Penn State accounts are secure.

What is at stake?

  • Your time and the security of your data. Good cyber hygiene establishes a maintained, secure technological foundation, which, in turn, reduces the risk of compromise.
  • A decrease in Ag IT's capacity to focus on developing innovative technology solutions for faculty, researchers and staff due to resources spent remediating security vulnerabilities and compromises.
  • 10x increase in Penn State's cybersecurity insurance.

How will Ag IT and the Ag Community partner together?

In 2022, Ag IT will begin to employ a variety of communication channels to reach, educate and guide you with developing a safe and secure computing environment. We will lean on our current methods to inform and educate (email, Ag IT website and Facebook), but will also employ new strategies like pop-up notifications and alerts; training sessions, Lunch-and-Learns and open office hours; and automated processes. This partnership will require work by both Ag IT and you, but we are here for you every step of the way

There is a lot of work to be done and we are just getting started! Please reach out if you have questions. The Ag IT help desk can be reached via, Help Request form or calling 814-865-1229.

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