Information Technology

Security Handbook

If you're like a lot of people, your whole life—or at least a lot of valuable information—is stored on your laptop, tablet, and/or mobile phone. But have you taken the basic steps to make sure your information is stored securely and that you handle it in ways that will keep it protected? Do you know how to identify fraudulent requests for personal information? Are you aware of the potential perils in social media and how to avoid them?

If you're a New School faculty or staff member, you use your office computer every day to work on New School information. Depending on your job, this may include Confidential or Restricted information, or the personally identifiable information belonging to hundreds or thousands of employees or students. Do you know how to properly process, transmit, store, and dispose of this information?

This Security Handbook is designed to help students, faculty, and staff understand the complexities of computer and information security. The topics contained here can help you secure your personal computer, protect your personal information, and interpret and understand New School information security policies. Topics are organized into a few broad categories that you can access through the links on the left. We've also broken out a few of the more popular topics below.

Four Easy Steps to Secure Your Computer

  1.  Keep your operating system up to date
  2.  Keep your applications up to date
  3.  Run an up-to-date antivirus program
  4.  Enable your operating system's firewall

Four Easy Steps to Protect Your Information

  1.  Protect your passwords
  2.  Enable a locking screen saver
  3.  Guard your personal information
  4.  Back up your data

 Tips to Protect Your Mobile Device

  1. Mobile Device Security Tips

Additional Resources


Where the documents in this handbook make reference to New School information security policies and standards and/or other university policies, every effort has been made to ensure that the information presented is current. However, in the event that a discrepancy arises between a handbook page and a policy or standard, the policy or standard takes precedence.