Resource Administration


Computer security is a priority for Student Affairs and is the responsibility of everyone within the division. The objective of our computing security efforts is to ensure the confidentiality, availability and integrity of our information assets. The division has adopted an Acceptable Use Policy to ensure everyone is aware of their responsibilities in this area.

This page will briefly explain the various threats to security and how you can avoid them. The ITS office will also provide a security training session for your department upon request.


Your username and password combination uniquely identify you to various computer systems at Duke.  Safeguarding this information is the most important line of defense in electronic security.

The Duke IT Security Office offers some good information for choosing a strong password

No one at Duke should ever ask you for your password. This includes the Student Affairs ITS staff, Duke OIT staff, and everyone else.

Please call the ITS office if you have any questions about your password.

Remote Access

Most information that you access in the office can also be obtained when you are away from your desk.  However, since your computer is no longer on Duke's network some additional security precautions should be taken.

Use the Duke VPN client when working away from campus. The VPN client creates a secure connection between your computer and Duke's network. This lets your computer appear to the Duke network like it is at Duke rather than remotely connected.

Do not save Duke data to your home computer, or any computer that is not owned by Duke. 


Viruses will usually infect a computer when you open an email attachment. In order to protect yourself, be aware of what you are opening before you attempt to open it. Pay attention to clues which may indicate a malicious attachment. If you are in doubt don't open the attachment or contact the sender to verify that the attachment is legitimate.