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Re: passworded screen savers with timeouts, do you enforce?
From: Harold Winshel <winshel () CAMDEN RUTGERS EDU>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2007 23:15:07 -0500

I think those are excellent points - security incidents having an
affect on the public perception of the institution which can then
reduce public support for state schools and also hurt student recruitment.

Can also have a negative affect on faculty recruitment - with
potential faculty wondering why the college can't keep their data
secure.  Can also hurt alumni contributions - they may be less
interested in giving out their credit card information if they think
the school can't keep the information secure.   Could be the same
concern for anyone who might use a credit card to buy anything from
the school - for example, buying tickets to a theater or sporting event, etc.

At 11:03 AM 1/9/2007, Parker, Ron wrote:
Some people may not care about "security" but they usually care about
themselves. Perhaps you could try this approach:

"Security incidents cost the college money, maybe a lot of money, in
legal and other bills plus staff time, etc. Security incidents also
reduce public confidence in the institution and may make students (or
parents of those students) choose another college. For state or taxpayer
funded institutions, this also makes it harder for legislators to want
to increase funding or for taxpayers to want to endure yet another
property tax increase. This reduces the amount of money available for
employee salaries, raises, etc. This may have a direct impact on you and
everyone else who works for the college. So, is it really so much
trouble to type your password again?"

Ron Parker, Director of Information Technology, Brazosport College

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Fox [mailto:Mfox () GEORGIASOUTHERN EDU]
> Sent: Monday, January 08, 2007 4:25 PM
> Subject: [SECURITY] passworded screen savers with timeouts,
> do you enforce?
> Last month I asked for reasons why we should utilize
> passworded screen savers and I want to say thanks to everyone
> that responded.
> Now I need to ask if you enforce the screen saver password
> lockout and if you do how do you do it? Also how did you go
> about getting it past the nay sayers that don't want to have
> anything make them type their password in more than once a day.
> Any help would be appreciated.
> Thanks for the help.
> Mike

Harold Winshel
Computing and Instructional Technologies
Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Rutgers University, Camden Campus
311 N. 5th Street, Room B10 Armitage Hall
Camden NJ 08102
(856) 225-6669 (O)

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