Data classification supports the university's and the hospital's efforts to comply with regulations and contracts across the institution.
The proposed classication model categorizes UAB data into one of three confidentiality levels: Public, Sensitive or Restricted/PHI (personal health information). Data protection requirements are derived from the classification.
The Data Classification Requirement is scheduled for implementation in mid-2017. More information and training for the new data classification system will be forthcoming to assist the UAB community with implementation of the new requirement.
To read the proposed standard, click here.
- Keep your personal information private. Assess whether it’s necessary to share sensitive information such as your birthday, mailing address, phone number, e-mail, mother’s maiden name, sexual orientation, or Social Security number.
- Be cautious about accepting requests to connect online. Connect only to people you trust who will not misuse the information you post.
- Check the location settings on photos and videos you post to social networking sites.
- Avoid joining online groups where you don’t know all the members or what they stand for.
- Use passphrases to protect your social media accounts. A passphrase is a set of words that create a phrase that is 20 to 30 characters long.
- Don’t share too much information that could be used to complete a profile about you. For example, share your birthday, but not the year you were born. Or share your hometown, but not the address where you live.
- Don’t share any information that is being used for verification purposes such as your mother’s maiden name, the name of your first pet, or the street where first lived. Consider making up alternate answers to those questions that only you would know.
- Don’t post when you are traveling or going out of town on vacation. It’s an open invitation letting criminals know that you are in a different location and that your home is vacant.
- Don’t post photos of inappropriate or illegal activities.
- Don’t click on attachments or links without checking the source.
- Don’t “check in” to every place you visit. That information could be used to identify you in a vulnerable location.
- Don’t use weak passwords, and never share your passwords!
By the end of December, UAB will modify its border firewall posture to what is known as "default-deny," a best practice for enterprise environments. What this means is that only approved network services will be allowed; everything else will be denied to help protect the network and UAB employees' and students' data.
UAB IT has been working with campus IT professionals behind the scenes for months to ensure a seamless transition.
Campus IT professionals can request a firewall rule change exception through a new form in the IT Service Portal.
For more information about the change, please review our frequently asked questions.
The upcoming change does not impact any servers or services located within the UAB Health System network, as HSIS utilizes the default-deny firewall policy for their network segment.
All firewall requests from VLAN administrators should be entered by Dec. 29 if at all possible.
Any VLAN administrators who have completed their requests and are ready to be flipped to a default-deny state can request that ahead of Dec. 29. UAB IT will schedule flipping to this default-deny state and troubleshoot any issues encountered with the campus IT staff.
If you have any specific technical questions, feel free to contact the Enterprise Information Security staff at 975-0842 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need a new laptop for your student?
TechConnect, UAB’s student-centered tech store powered by UAB IT, has great deals just in time for the holidays.
Starting Dec. 1, customers can receive a free $150 Dell eGift card with the purchase of a Dell PC valued at $699 or more. The eGift card deal lasts until Jan. 31.
All of the Dell laptops sold at TechConnect qualify for the eGift card and also include on-campus service and a loaner program (exclusive to the TechConnect Notebook program) if something goes wrong with your laptop and repairs are needed.
For more information, visit TechConnect in the Hill Student Center or online at uab.edu/techconnect.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Steve Hayman, National Consulting Engineer for Apple, will be at UAB to host "Build Your Own IOS Apps."
This session will allow attendees to see Swift, a powerful and intuitive programming language, in action.
The session will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Hill Student Center Room 203.
According to Apple, Swift is a powerful and intuitive programming language for macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS. Writing Swift code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and Swift includes modern features developers love. Swift code is safe by design, yet also produces software that runs lightning-fast.
UAB IT has resolved an email issue that caused some emails sent to the IT Service Portal from being delivered on Sunday, Nov. 6, and Monday, Nov. 7.
The email issue also affected emails sent to some other addresses, including:
- email@example.com and
UAB IT is moving the emails that were sent on Sunday and Monday into the IT Service Portal and you should have received ticket notification.
We apologize for the inconvenience and will work to prioritize your requests to complete them as quickly as possible.
You can also enter a request ticket or report a problem with a service within the IT Service Portal at askit.uab.edu.
The email looks similar to the image below:
This email is not related to the campus-wide simulated phishing campaign that UAB IT is launching this month as a tool to educate campus users about phishing attacks that attempt to steal personal or financial information. Please visit uab.edu/phishing to get up-to-date information about the latest phishing attempts and tools to help you protect your information. Campus users can also download the PhishMe Reporter tool for one-click access to report phishing attempts. Follow UAB IT on Twitter for alerts on phishing attacks.
If you receive an email with a link such as “Click Here,” do the hover test. Hover your mouse over the link and look at the lower left pane to see where the link leads. Even if the page looks familiar, verify the URL or type in a URL you know before entering your information.
Look at the URL of the website you are visiting.
To report suspected spam to AskIT, please follow the instructions here or download the PhishMe Reporter button for one-click reporting.
Follow these additional tips to avoid being a phishing victim:
- Do NOT click links in messages that ask you to log in. Type a trusted Web address in your browser or Google for the Web site if you don’t know the address.
- Never type personal, sensitive information (such as passwords or account numbers) on Web sites without verifying the Web site’s authenticity and security — look for an “https” in the address bar.
- Verify the address. Malicious web sites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the address may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (.com vs. .edu).
- Misspellings and grammatical errors can be a dead giveaway in phishing emails and subject lines.
- If you are unsure whether a request is legitimate, contact the company directly. Do NOT use contact information provided in the request.
- Don’t open attachments. They may contain viruses or malware that can infect your computer.
- Protect your password. Information security and IT officials at both the university and UAB Hospital will never ask users for passwords or any other sensitive information.
- Report suspicious activity. If you have any questions or you receive a suspicious email that you want to report, university employees and students can call the AskIT Help Desk at 205-996-5555. Hospital employees can call the HSIS Help Desk at 205-934-8888.
It is time again for UAB’s annual Toy Drive, which benefits Toys for Tots. The drive officially kicked off on Nov. 1.
Be on the lookout for Toy Drive collection boxes across campus.
UAB IT is taking the lead on organizing the collection effort, with IT team member Eric Thompson leading the charge.
“I enjoy being able to offer Christmas for children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to have Christmas,” said Thompson, who has been involved with the toy drive for several years.
UAB is the largest contributor to the local Toys for Tots effort. You can deliver new, unwrapped toys to boxes located in 19 buildings across campus.
On Wednesday, Dec. 14, you can bring toys to the Administration Building and greet Santa Claus for the Drive-Through Santa event. Santa will greet people from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., before the U.S. Marines come to pick up the toys for Toys for Tots.