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IRT Information Security Services

Our Mission Statement:

• Proactively protect SoM information

• Monitor and proactively protect the SoM networks

• Provide a variety of information security options to protect resources on the School's networks from disruptions, modifications, and disclosure

• Develop and publish requirements for the secure configuration of computer systems on the School's network

• Provide information security education and awareness programs to faculty, staff, and students

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IRT Security is here to help you. In addition to keeping the School of Medicine networks secure and operational, we also provide you the tools to ensure your own computer security, and support you in case of a security incident.

By educating yourself now about strong computer security practices, you're taking the first step in preventing computer problems. Below, find the resources explaining the need for strong computer security, and the tools you can use to protect yourself and your information.


About WindowsXP SecureNet: Users of WindowsXP computers who can't easily upgrade their systems by April 8th may be able to take advantage of the WindowsXP Secure Network. Click here for details.

University Security Mandate: Stanford has issued a University-wide security mandate, with updated computer security requirements, including encryption. Next Deadline: May 31st - Installing BigFix on all computers that store/access PHI. Click here for details.

Linux Security Patch: Linux developers recently discovered a very serious security bug in the GnuTLS library, and all users are strongly encouraged to update their software. Click here for details.

iOS Security Patch: Apple recently released a very important security patch for iOS devices, and users are strongly encouraged to update their software. Click here for details.


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Tools and Info

  • Encryption — instructions for protecting the sensitive information that may be stored on your computer.
  • Bastion Access — how to log into Bastion with two-factor authentication.
  • MedSecureSend — on using Stanford Medicine's secure file transfer service.
  • How To Secure Your Information — a starting place for protecting the information on your computer: how to encrypt your computer, back up your information securely, and send secure files and email.
  • Cloud Computing — on cloud-based services and which ones are IRT-approved.
  • Research and Security — help with creating a data security plan for your grant proposal.
  • Information Privacy and Security Policies — Stanford-specific policies regarding computer usage, SUMCnet and HIPAA.
  • Good Practices — a common-sense cheatsheet for everyday ways to protect your information.



If you have any questions, ask. You can also send us an email at [irt-security], or call us at 725-8000 (option 4). Even if your question isn't about computer security, we'll be happy to help you find the answer.

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