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Best practices for securely posting College data

Update | Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Information Security Officer Ben Dalton says it is important to be aware of the data posted in videos, tutorials, social media, websites, and online resources. If you are building a video, using screenshots to develop procedures, or adding images to a website, there are best practices to keep in mind.

Avoid using or posting FERPA, Personally Identifiable Information (PII), or other Sensitive Information. This may include, but not limited to:

  • Student or employee Cougar ID (CID)
  • Student email address
  • Student education records
  • Social Security number
  • Driver’s license number
  • Credit card numbers
  • For a complete list of protected FERPA records, click here and go to page 32.

Redaction is the censoring or obscuring of sensitive information for legal or security purposes. Use redaction on any FERPA, PII, or other sensitive data prior to posting or sharing.

If you want to learn more about cybersecurity or how to stay safe online, visit: If you receive a suspicious email, report it. Email, or call the IT Support Center at 614-287-5050.


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