Physical Security AIST 2016-2017


Physical security is an important part of digital
security An attacker’s job is easier if he can walk into
your workspace and walk out with your laptop, phone, USB drive, or sensitive documents
left on your desk. Any time you leave your desk, be sure to lock up
these items and lock or secure your desktop
computer with a password-protected screen saver. And if you see an unrecognized disc or USB
drive lying around, don’t just plug it in — it could
contain malware! In an open university environment like ours,
where few people wear identification badges, it’s
not just OK to pay attention to unfamiliar faces — it’s a duty. It is easy to buy an ASU shirt, research names of
members of our departments and smoothly get
into our buildings. Don’t be shy about asking, “Who are you looking for?” or “How can I help you?” and escorting newcomers to the front desk
where they must sign in, show identification, or
have the person they are supposed to meet called up front to verify their identify. Your department may have a security perimeter
with an internal access restricted area dedicated
to printers, copiers, file storage and other potentially sensitive items. This is a good security practice. If it doesn’t, and
you must print sensitive documents, consider
investing in a printer for your desk instead of printing to a community printer. For more information on how to keep our
community safe, please visit Get protected

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