Section Content

Information Security at the University of Hawai‘i

Campus Briefings on Data Governance, Information Security, and More

The UH System will be doing another series of briefings on data governance and information security, similar to the popular series held in spring 2018. The sessions will take place at all ten UH campuses starting Monday, October 15, 2018 through Friday, November 30, 2018. The campus briefing schedule is available at:

Similar to the spring 2018 presentations, topics will include updates on data governance, information security, and protected health info/HIPAA. UH's new contract policy and ADA compliance will also be covered. Registration is NOT required to attend these briefings.


  • James "JT" Ash, HIPAA Compliance Officer, Information TechnologyServices
  • Sandra Furuto, Director of Data Governance, Academic Planning and Policy
  • Jodi Ito, Chief Information Security Officer, Information Technology Services
  • Emi Morita, Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
  • Mitch Ochi, Client Service and Operations Center Director and ADA Compliance Coordinator, Information Technology Services

Shop Safe Online, Even on Black Friday!

The holiday season is the perfect time for cybercriminals to take advantage of unsuspecting online shoppers. When you go to the grocery store or local shop, it's habit to grab your reusable bags, lock the car, and make sure you've safely put away your credit card or cash before heading home with the day's purchases. Similar precautions need to be taken when you're shopping online from the comfort of your own home. If you make these simple precautions regular online shopping habits, you'll be protecting your purchases and personal information.

The National Cyber Security Alliance recommends following these basic steps so you'll be ready to cyber-shop safely and securely.

  • Lock down your login. One of the most critical things you can do in preparation for the online shopping season is to fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like e-mail, banking, and social media.
  • Keep clean machines. Before searching for that perfect gift, be sure that all web-connected devices—including PCs, mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets—are free from malware and infections by running only the most current versions of software and apps.
  • Shop reliable websites online. Use the sites of retailers you trust. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Conduct research. When using a new website for your holiday purchases, read reviews and see if other customers have had a positive or negative experience with the site.
  • Personal information is like money: value it and protect it. When making a purchase online, be alert to the kinds of information being collected to complete the transaction. Make sure you think it is necessary for the vendor to request that information. Remember that you only need to fill out required fields at checkout.
  • Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots. If you are out and about, limit the type of business you conduct over open public Wi-Fi connections, including logging in to key accounts, such as e-mail and banking. Adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your phone. If you must use open Wi-Fi connections, connect to a virtual private network (VPN) first.
  • Check the address bar. Look for the green lock icon and https:// in the URL before using your credit card online.

US-CERT Vulnerability Alerts

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) provides the latest updates about current threats and vulnerabilities. You can subscribe to their feed to get the latest updates about ongoing vulnerabilities and other cyber threats.

Visit to learn more.

Don't Fall for Phishing:
Stop. Examine. Ask. Report.
S.E.A.R. the Phish

SEAR the Phish Logo

SEAR the Phish