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Secure Computers

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NYU is entrusted with a large amount of sensitive data, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, student data, and financial data. There are laws and regulations that restrict the use of this type of data, with significant legal and monetary penalties for exposure to unauthorized parties. NYU IT has developed standards and processes to help you protect the data that is in your care.

The Data Classification Table was created by NYU IT's Technology Security Services and adopted by the Data Protection Risk Analysis Task Force. For questions regarding its contents, please contact    

Regardless of the sensitive nature of the data you are storing, every computer accessing NYU's network and data, including laptops and home computers, should comply with the Basic System Security Standard, which requires system to have:

  • A strong administrator password
  • The latest operating system and application security updates
  • Antivirus and anti-spyware software installed and up-to-date
  • An activated firewall

For instructions on securing your computer and adhering to the Basic System Security Standard, see Recommendations for Getting Secure.

Minimize the risk of a security incident with these services. 

Learn to classify and protect sensitive and restricted data. 

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Contact Technology Security Services

To request security training or report a computer security incident, send email to:

Report a Computer Security Incident

Email Include a description of the incident, the IP address(es) of any computer(s) that were involved (if known), the time of the incident and the time zone that you are in, and any associated log files.

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