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Digital Security Impacts All Libraries

Does your library or information center…

  • Have email accounts?
  • Provide access to the internet?
  • Store personal information such as addresses, birth dates, and ID numbers?

If you said yes to any of the above, your library has a stake in digital security. For example, email accounts can be hacked through malicious links or stolen passwords and used to send spam. Internet access provides opportunities for hackers to infiltrate your computer systems. And the very nature of circulation and integrated library systems requires at least some personal information to be stored.

A recent article from ACRL’s TechConnect Blog highlights common security issues faced by libraries including the value of MARC records to hackers, vendors blocking access to electronic resources because of strange internet activity at your location, and different ways staff and users can make your technology vulnerable to attacks.

Other examples of digital security vulnerabilities in libraries such as generic ILS passwords that have not changed in years can be found scattered throughout techsoup for libraries’ information guide to Networking and Security.

To learn more about current security threats and what you can do to address them, attend UNYSLA’s upcoming conference: Digital (In)security: Protecting our Libraries, Networks, and Identities.

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