IT Security For Libraries

IT Security For Libraries

Practical IT Security In Libraries

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 09/01/2011 - 11:50

This is part Seven in my many part series on IT Security In Libraries.
Part Six was really the first part of this post. I dealt with security in libraries, mostly theory, while this post is more practical, and is mostly lists.
In part 5 I covered 20 Common Security Myths, and how to defeat them.

Integrating IT Security In Your Library

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:03
This is part Six in my many part series on IT Security In Libraries. In part 5 I covered 20 Common Security Myths, and how to defeat them. Part 4 was a general "How To Stay Safe Online" post that covered topics like patching/updating, watching links and downloads, and using good passwords. In Part Three I covered passwords. In part 2 we talked privacy. In Part One I tried to lay the foundation for security. Today's post is long on theory. I'll argue that most any library can be a target, and present some ideas on how to make things more secure in your library.

Practical Tips For Online Privacy

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 08/10/2011 - 12:53
This is Part Two in my many part series on IT Security In Libraries. In Part One I tried to lay the foundation for security. This week we'll talk privacy, and up next will be a general "Staying Safe Online" that will cover a million and one tips on how to keep you and your computer safe. Privacy is a relative term. That is, the things that I consider important to my privacy, someone else might not care about. As librarians we usually key in on Confidentiality Threats. We want our patrons records safe. We also don't share that information with ANYONE else. In general, we are fierce about protecting our patrons’ privacy. This is something that has always set us apart from everyone else. Amazon won't do it. Google won't do it. Do I even need to say Facebook won't do it? People who come into the library or use our web sites don't worry about what's going to happen with their information (or at least they shouldn't need worry about it). They should know we are doing our best to guard their privacy. Keeping all our IT resources secure should be a large part of guarding that privacy. There are no big events, dead bodies or explosions in privacy violations. It's something that is slowly eroding over time. The troubles are more subtle and are caused by errors, or intential misues and a shocking lack of transparency, accountability and security. We don't think about privacy much, we only think about it when things are going wrong. Most people tend to think privacy isn't very important, and don't give it a second thought. Most companies make money by keeping our information as free as possible so it can be used, shared, and sold. Let’s start this section with some general arguments FOR privacy, some reasons why privacy is so highly valued in our profession:

IT Security For Libraries First In A Series

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 08/02/2011 - 13:31
IT Security In Libraries 8. Social Media Security 7. Practical IT Security 6. Integrating IT Security In Your Library 5. 20 Common Security Myths 4. How To Stay Safe Online 3. Passwords 2. Privacy 1. IT Security Foundations Today's post is long on theory. I'll argue that most any library can be a target, and present some ideas on how to make things more secure in your library. My first post will cover privacy, because I think it's closely related to security, and it's something we as librarians take seriously. Then I'll cover a bunch of ways to stay safe online, how to secure your browser, PC and other things you and your patrons use every day. I'll also cover some common security myths. Then we'll talk passwords: everything has a password now, and I want to make sure we all understand what it takes to make your password as secure as possible. Then we'll talk network security for a bit, followed by hardware and PC security. Then I'll focus on security issues that you'll find in your library. And last, but not least, some things I think you'll find interesting that sysadmins do with servers to make things safer for you, and that you'll never see as an end user.