Helpful tips from the UMHS Compliance Program
Are the data, files or email you’re working with secure?
To answer that question, you need to ask yourself three key underlying questions:
- Is the storage media or device physically secure?
- Is the storage media or device encrypted?
- Is your content – data, files, or email – encrypted?
If your answer to all three of these is “no,” then your data are not secure. If you can answer at least one of these with “yes,” then your data may be secure, provided that you’ve avoided any of the related pitfalls.
Let’s look at each of the three questions in more detail and apply them to some real world situations to get a better idea of how secure or insecure your data are, and what might need to be done to fully secure it.