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Use Security Tools to Protect All of Your Devices

  • Author: Esther Silver

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The link to the quiz is at the end of the article.

UCSF Security Suite

Did you know that you can use UCSF’s security software for your personal or non-centrally supported devices? This is the same software that UCSF provides to help keep data, networks, and computer systems safe and secure. This software is installed automatically on computers, laptops, and other endpoint devices that are supported by UCSF IT Field Services (ITFS).

Since many in the UCSF community use personal or non-ITFS supported devices, we have made the security tools available for download.  If you use your device for UCSF business, you must install these tools to adhere to UCSF Minimum Security Standards. You can check if the tools are installed on your device by comparing your application icons to those listed at the software download page (MyAccess login required). 

Phish Alarm

Phish Alarm is another great security tool. With the click of a button, users can report a phish or malicious email message.

The “Report Phish” button is available for both Windows and Macintosh Outlook clients, as well as on Outlook Web Access ( Users can find more information at the Phish Alarm Service Page. This makes reporting phishing attempts easier and more efficient for everyone.

report phish button


UCSF Password Management Tool

UCSF also provides the Password Management Tool to help everyone properly manage their UCSF Active Directory password. It provides users the ability to:

To learn more, visit the Password Management Tool Enrollment & Login Service Page.

Personal Devices That Are Not Used for UCSF Business

You likely have some devices that you do not use for UCSF business, like your home wi-fi router, network-connected printers, smart televisions, and even kitchen appliances. Be sure to read the manuals and take advantage of the security features and tools provided. At a minimum, always change the default passwords to your own long and strong passwords, change those passwords often, and use dual authentication if available. Make sure you download and install all patches and software updates to ensure known security vulnerabilities are remediated. Depending on the device, you may want to encrypt the data, install and maintain anti-virus software, install and maintain a firewall, and backup your data. The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has many articles that can help you to keep all of your non-UCSF devices secure. Here are a few examples: 

Take the IT Security Tools Quiz.

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