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Additional privacy measures for Microsoft 365

April 12, 2022

Dear Members of the Harvard Community,

Microsoft 365’s privacy settings allow users of SharePoint, OneDrive, and Teams to specify and manage exactly who can access a file or folder, enabling Harvard staff, faculty, and students to securely collaborate within the University’s Microsoft 365 environment.

Recently, the University learned that some Microsoft 365 site owners have improperly applied privacy settings, enabling others within the Harvard community to access information that was not intended for them....

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Michael Tran Duff to serve as Chief Information Security and Data Privacy Officer for Harvard

April 6, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

I’m delighted to announce that Michael Tran Duff has agreed to serve as Chief Information Security and Data Privacy Officer for Harvard, effective May 16, 2022. 

Michael brings extensive experience in the areas of cybersecurity and data privacy in which he has held leadership roles in both higher education and in research and development over the past several years. Michael joins us from Stanford University, where he has served as Assistant Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer since 2013. At Stanford, he led the information security...

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Keeping our data and systems safe and secure

March 22, 2022

The following message was sent to the Harvard community by UCIO Klara Jelinkova on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. 

Dear Members of the Harvard Community,

Recent headlines have shown that cyber criminals are becoming more brazen and creative in their attempts to gain access to our data and accounts. Sophisticated criminal enterprises are targeting both institutions and private individuals; from large-scale theft of intellectual property to individual identity theft, including filing fraudulent tax returns.

We all have a role to play in protecting...

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Coming soon: Two-step verification for your Harvard Google account

December 14, 2021


To keep your Harvard Google account, files, and emails safe and secure, we’ll be adding HarvardKey with two-step verification on January 12, 2022. This adds an extra layer of security to your Harvard Google account using the same Duo two-step verification process that you use to sign into your other Harvard apps.

What can I expect?
 

The way you sign into your Harvard Google account will change after January 12, 2022:

  1. From your browser or app, sign in with your Harvard Gmail address as you...
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Opt-in system to filter offensive email content

December 6, 2021

To minimize the risk of emails containing hate speech, threats, and other harmful content reaching members of our community, Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) has partnered with the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging to offer an opt-in system that detects and adds a warning label to incoming emails containing potentially offensive content.

The system detects words in incoming emails that are commonly used in abusive or threatening ways to demean, harass...

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