Protect Your Information

You may have multiple types of private data which you would like to protect: Social Security number, credit card and banking information, and health information, for examples. You may also have research data or intellectual property that you have created or collected while working at Duke. And you may need to access Duke data from various locations. These days there are many threats to the privacy of your information, such as accidental disclosure and compromised accounts or computers. You should always pause before storing or submitting data to a third party and think about what the consequences would be if that information were made public or accessible in ways you did not intend.


Duke also has data to protect, and has several policies and standards intended to protect Duke data regardless of its location. The Duke Acceptable Use Policy and the Duke Social Security Number Use Policy are supported by the ITSO standards which assist Duke IT staff & faculty in classifying and securing Duke data electronically. Duke's Data Classification Standard (docx) requires data owners to assign a level of protection to Duke data - Sensitive, Restricted, or Public. Using secure methods of remote access to Duke resources helps keep them secure.

International travel with Duke devices or data can carry unique risks and require special protections to be implemented. And encryption may be an appropriate method for protecting some data. The links to the right will help you with these types of issues.