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Acceptable Use What You Need to Know Part III

Author: ITS

Posted on Feb 10, 2012

Category: General Interest

Over the last two weeks, Information Technology Services (ITS) has outlined how to legally, ethically and securely use technology at UNB, defined in UNB’s Acceptable Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) policy.

This week we’ll discuss the responsible use of technology at UNB.

Using ICT Responsibly

UNB invests a significant amount of money, time, and effort in building and maintaining a secure and robust technology environment to provide you with services that are critical to your studies, work and research.  Using UNB’s technology responsibly will not only help to keep our equipment and infrastructure working well, it will also help to ensure services are used and accessed for their intended purposes.

Take Care of UNB’s Technology Equipment and Infrastructure:

UNB’s IT equipment and infrastructure are the backbone of your technology services. Having a healthy technology environment means you are provided with up-to-date equipment and a stable and secure network.

Using Technology ResponsiblyYou should help maintain UNB’s equipment and infrastructure by:

  • Installing only authorized software on UNB owned computers. This will reduce the risk of compromising or disabling our network due to malicious programs being inadvertently downloaded and installed.
  • Connecting only approved devices to UNB’s network. Most routers, hubs and wireless devices are not approved because they often cause UNB’s network to become unstable.
  • Taking care not to damage UNB owned equipment caused by beverage or food spills. This can easily be avoided by drinking from covered containers and not eating close to computers.

Using technology responsibly doesn’t just refer to the physical equipment and infrastructure; here’s how to be responsible when you use technology.

Use Technology for Intended Purposes:

All of the IT services and information that you have access to at UNB must be used for their intended purposes only. UNB provides you with IT services and equipment that are meant for academic and professional purposes. It is everyone’s responsibility to limit personal use and refrain from strictly prohibited activities such as on-line gambling, illegally downloading copyrighted material or viewing pornographic material unless preauthorized for research or other legitimate reasons.

By taking care of your IT resources and services ITS can continue to provide you with access to secure, high quality information and communication technologies. It is the responsibility of all users to ensure these services are used legally and ethically, securely, responsibly, and respectfully.  You can read the Acceptable Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) policy found on UNB’s Policy Repository site.

If you have any questions, please contact the ITS Help Desk.

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