Guide for cybersecurity

Our teams work behind the scenes to monitor and protect our systems from cyberattacks. We can’t stress enough the important role that every member of our community plays in keeping our systems safe and our patients’ data secure.

Additionally, the same principles and caution we ask you to use to keep our systems and data safe can also be used to keep your personal finances and information safe. 

Use our guide to cybersecurity to help you stay safe online.

Simple steps to securing your information

Your password is the first line of defense against unauthorized access to your information. Maintaining a strong and unique password for each of your accounts makes you less susceptible to attacks. We recommend using a passphrase over a password to stay secure and make it easier for you to remember.

Always enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for your accounts when available. MFA makes stealing your accounts harder by ensuring you confirm your identity on a separate device prior to allowing access into your account. Within UCLA Health, you are required to use Duo MFA to gain access to our tools and services.

Updates can prevent security issues and improve compatibility and features. We strongly encourage you to regularly update your personal device and mobile devices' software and any apps that you have installed. For your IT-managed devices, we'll make sure you get all updates regularly.

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Keep your work secure

A quick way to keep your work secure is to use the UCLA Health IT approved services for your work. If you aren't already, make sure you use the following services that are offered at no-cost to you.

Protect your devices

Back up your data

Here are a few simple reminders when storing your data:

  • Save your data to your network drive or an approved cloud storage solution (Box) rather than saving directly to your computer.
  • Protected data should be saved on a secure platform.
  • Before disposing of a device, make sure your data has been backed up. 

Encrypt your devices

Encryption is required on all devices attempting to connect to our network and internal resources. Removable media devices (like flash drives/USB sticks, CDRs, etc.) must also be encrypted. Make sure to always store removable media in a secure place to avoid losing it. 

Learn more about encryption for your:

Lost a device? Make sure to immediately report it to Customer Care at (310) 267-CARE (2273).

Previous webinar recordings:

Secure your sign-in

This event was held on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.