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Cybersecurity Tip of the Week – Who is the CISO in Your House?


We all take on different roles in our households, whether we live with family, friends, or even alone, and have to shoulder all the jobs ourselves. Cook, maid, tutor, but also, chief financial officer (CFO) and chief executive officer (CEO). Every family should also have a designated chief information security officer (CISO), an individual that makes sure all assets are adequately protected.

Your home, cars, bank accounts, personal information, and other assets are highly valuable in both the physical and cyber worlds. They need to be protected. At UTHSC, we develop and implement security controls to make sure people who shouldn’t access information don’t. We have passwords, two-factor authentication, encryption, badge access to certain areas, and other controls in place. 

So, who does that for your belongings? Who checks the doors and windows, installs security cameras, changes the default password on the wi-fi access point, and updates software on all the family members’ devices?

There needs to be someone in charge of doing these things, and it should be a teenager just because “they know the most about that technical stuff”.  They can be IT Consultants, but they shouldn’t be making the decisions about what controls to put in place. 

If you are more security conscious at home, you will bring that culture to campus. If you want any advice on personal security controls, please contact the Office of Cybersecurity at itsecurity@uthsc.edu for a consultation. We’d be happy to help.