2. Requirement for Good Judgment and Reasonable Care
Users are expected to use good judgment and reasonable care in order to protect and preserve the integrity of the equipment, its data and software, and its access. For example:
- Precautions against contaminants. Users must take precautions to avoid introducing computer contaminants, such as viruses and “Trojan horse” macros, into university computer hardware and software or data storage media. Such precautions include, but are not limited to, using only authorized copies of software, installing updates or patches that correct identified security flaws, installing virus protection software on hard disks and using virus scanning and repair programs as needed.
- Protection from theft or damage. Users must protect the equipment and systems from damage or loss due to theft, mischievous or malicious alterations to, or removal of, installed software or machine configurations and/or mischievous or malicious additions of software, hardware, macros, or files that interfere with productivity or computer operations.
- Protection from data loss. Individuals with responsibility for University data and mission-critical operations must ensure that appropriate backups of software and data are maintained. Departmental supervisors are responsible for assuring that staff members are trained in the established back up procedures. Individuals who fail to follow the established procedures in order to back up university operational data may be subject to disciplinary action.
- Protection against degradation of operation. Users should avoid unnecessary printing, storage of unnecessary files, or execution of programs that degrade system performance during periods of heavy use.