University of California, Riverside


Information Security @ UCR

Dear UCR Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

UCR’s electronic systems, communications resources, and cyber infrastructures are fundamental tools used to facilitate campus research, instruction, public service, and administrative processes. These campus systems, which include personal computers and laptops as well as the campus Student Information and Payroll systems, contain a vast array of personal and sensitive information, much of which is protected by California and federal laws.

Computing and Communications (C&C) utilizes a combination of tools / techniques / staff to support network, server, database, and application security. These efforts help stop problems at the campus border router, detect intrusions, monitor traffic for denial of service patterns, and ensure the integrity and privacy of protected (personal) data.

However, UCR's open and distributed network & computing infrastructure requires that the security, confidentiality, and privacy of campus electronic communications and data be shared responsibility. Thus, security should be given the highest possible level of attention not only by C&C, but by any and all individuals, groups, departments, or organizations that provide, host or enable electronic communications, data storage, or other computing infrastructure.

The announcements of security breaches involving social security numbers and other personal, private information occur all too often across the country and within the UC system itself. Therefore, C&C wishes to remind the campus community of the following best practices relating to information technology security, privacy, and confidentiality:

Social Security Numbers and Sensitive Information. In general, NEVER store Social Security Numbers and other sensitive information on personal computers, laptops, or other electronic devices. If your workplace duties require storing Social Security Numbers on your electronic systems, the device must be registered with your college or unit’s Responsible Administrative Official along with a plan on how this information has been made secure. More information can be found at

Desktop / Laptop Computing. Campus faculty and staff are encourage to follow UCR’s Minimum Standards for Connecting to UCR’s Network which include selecting a strong password, running anti-virus and anti-malware software, and ensuring the physical security of their computers. More information is available at

Security Tutorials. Finally, the campus community is encouraged to view UCR’s online security tutorial that outlines the most common threats to information technology security and the best practices that can be adopted to minimize risk. You can view the tutorial at

Thank you for your attention to this extremely important issue. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail Director of Computing Support Services Larry McGrath ( Additional college and unit specific contacts can be found at the following web address:

Charles Rowley

Associate Vice Chancellor and CIO

Computing and Communications

University of California, Riverside

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Computing & Communications
Computing & Communications Bldg.

Tel: (951) 827-4741
Fax: (951) 827-4541