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The security of your computers at work (and at home) can impact far more than just your local system in these times. Personal and work-related information may be compromised or stolen, and your computer may unwittingly be part of future security breaches as a consequence. Here are some resources that will help you to better protect your PC, and keep your information safe.

The University of Kentucky provides one option for antivirus protection at this time.   Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection 2012 (32/64 bit) is available via the download site.  Microsoft Security Essentials is available at www.microsoft.com but is only to be used for home or small business (less than 10 pcs).  It is also recommended that you install Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal tool but this is NOT a substitute for antivirus software.  If you have any questions, please contact the College of Agriculture Help Desk or the UKIT Customer Service Center.

Performing routine and reliable backups of your data is very important.  Talk to your IT Support personnel if you have questions regarding backups.  Click here for some Basic Backup Tips.

NEW! Effective January 1, 2015, new legislation has taken effect that outlines how storage of personal information must be handled in the State of Kentucky.  The entire bill can be found and will open in Microsoft word from here.  House Bill 5 details procedures pertaining to accessing, storing and protecting personal information.  If there is a business need to access and store personal information, certain steps should be followed to protect this information from potential security breaches.  Please note that if the information does not meet one of the criteria listed below (items 6a through 6f), it is NOT covered by HB5.  Personal Information as defined by the bill is as follows:

(6)          "Personal information" means an individual's first name or first initial and last name; personal mark; or unique biometric or genetic print or image, in combination with one (1) or more of the following data elements:

(a)          An account number, credit card number, or debit card number that, in combination with any required security code, access code, or password, would permit access to an account;

(b)          A Social Security number;

(c)           A taxpayer identification number that incorporates a Social Security number;

(d)          A driver's license number, state identification card number, or other individual identification number issued by any agency;

(e)          A passport number or other identification number issued by the United States government; or

(f)           Individually identifiable health information as defined in 45 C.F.R. sec. 160.103 except for education records covered by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as amended, 20 U.S.C. sec. 1232g;

Documentation is under review and being updated to specifically outline how the above types of information should be handled when necessary.  Efforts continue to inform and educate technical support staff and users concerning HB5.

*Security Policy Statement* - Download the COA Security Policy Statement HERE.


University of Kentucky IT Security Wiki

Extension IT Security Information (PDF)

Computer Best Practices Presentation - 11/14/12

CHIES Ag. Security Initiative Presentation

The presentation concerning UK Ag Security initiatives delivered at the CHIES conference may be downloaded here: Click to Download

A recording of COA Computer Security meeting, held Thursday, April 14th, 2011 can be found on the UKAg Videocenter HERE.


Good information concerning Malware via Sans.org (Ouch!) Download .pdf here

US-CERT Cyber Security Tip ST08-001 -- Using Caution with USB Drives

US-CERT Cyber Security Tip ST04-0017 -- Protecting Portable Devices: Physical Security

US-CERT Cyber Security Tip ST04-020 -- Protecting Portable Devices: Data Security



ISC Handler Diary - ISC - WIPE, RINSE, REPEAT! Information on reloading a machine that has been compromised.

UK Resources:

UK Main Campus IT Policy Information

UK Main Campus IT Customer Service Page

AGC CIT Section Internal Software Downloads



08-09-16 - Microsoft released August Security Bulletin Updates

Microsoft Windows Update

Microsoft Safety and Security Center

Link to Office 2007 Compatibility Pack



Apple Support Web Page

Mac Security Information


Other Helpful Information:

Security Resource OUCH! - http://www.securingthehuman.org/resources/


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