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Idle Time-out Notifications and Recommendations

Threat Level: Low
Threat Type: Physical Access
Advisory Date: 07/04/2019

Description

To help prevent physical unauthorized access, it is critical to ensure University computers are locked when unattended.  Please review the following notification and recommendations to ensure your systems are secure when unattended.

Notification of configuration change for Evergreen Users in Information Services, Financial Services, Registrar’s Office, Human Resources, and President’s Office:

In order to better protect your account and data, a reduced idle time lock is being deployed to Evergreen computers in Information Services, Financial Services, Registrar’s Office, Human Resources, and President’s Office.  This setting will automatically lock the computer and require re-authentication after 30 minutes of inactivity, provided an idle lockout time of less than 30 minutes is not already configured.  This change will become effective on Jan. 16, 2019 for Evergreen workstations in the 5 aforementioned units.  Previously, idle lockout time was configured to be 60 minutes.

Recommendations for Users of Unmanaged Machines:

It is recommended that users who have computers which are unmanaged machines (Apple computers, APEA purchased computers, research funded, or salvage computers) configure their computers to automatically lock after a period of inactivity of 30 minutes or less. These machines may have barcodes beginning with EV13 or earlier, SAL, or A0. 

For instructions on how to configure a screensaver which requires authentication after a period of idle, please see the Information Security Resources Page on Physical Security at https://www.uregina.ca/is/staff/security/resources/resource-physical.html.

Recommendations for All Users:

All users are reminded to continue to lock their screens manually when stepping away from their computer, even for brief periods. For Windows, this can be done by pressing the Windows Key + L, or pressing CTRL + ALT + Del and then "Lock this Computer". For Apple computers, locking the screen can be done by pressing Command + Control + Q.

Resources

Information security is our shared responsibility.  It is required by the University of Regina Use of Computer and Network Systems Policy (https://www.uregina.ca/policy/browse-policy/policy-OPS-080-005.html) that account holders take reasonable measures against unauthorized access.

Please contact the IT Support Centre if you have any questions or require assistance:

Email IT.Support AT uregina.ca

Phone 306-585-4685

Webform: https://www.uregina.ca/is/forms/ticket.html

In Person at ED 137 or Archer Library Commons