As an Acadia community member, I PLEDGE TO…

Use a strong password or passphrase
  • Review the Acadia Password Policy
  • Set unique passwords for each application
  • Set a strong password to access your computer
  • Create a separate user-account for day-today use that does not have administrator permissions. 
  • Instead of sticky notes, install a password vault for the safekeeping of your passwords
  • Ensure your computer has a timeout requiring password access
Never leave my computer unattended in public locations
  • If you need to leave your computer unattended in your car, place it in the trunk or in some location where it is not visible to a passerby
Keep my computer and device software up-to-date
  • Configure your computer to download and install security updates automatically. Due to the number of patches developed in a relatively short span of time, it can become quite cumbersome to manage patches manually
  • Patch software on your personal computer
  • Update operating system updates as released on your mobile devices
  • Ensure you are running the latest versions of your browser, browser plug-ins like Java and Adobe Reader
Safeguard my computer with antivirus and a personal firewall
  • Ensure anti-virus software is updated regularly. New viruses are being discovered on a regular basis, which puts your computer and information at risk.
  • Most operating systems, including Windows and OSX, have built in firewall software. Check to ensure that this software is enabled. This will help stop attempts to break into your computer.
Safeguard institutional and personal data
  • Avoid storing sensitive data on CDs, DVDs, thumb drives and other types of media that can be easily misplaced or stolen.
  • Perform regular backups of your data
  • Keep a clean desk policy
Think before I click
  • Be cautious when clicking on hyperlinks. Learn how to recognize fraudulent or malicious URLs by taking the available Safety Awareness Training (
  • Never open unexpected email attachments. If in doubt, verify authenticity by phone or email
  • Learn how to recognize phishing traps in emails by exploring the KnowBe4 Training or Social Engineering Red Flags poster.
Use caution when dealing with email and other forms of electronic communication
  • Avoid transmitting sensitive data via email and other insecure means of communication. Instead, use OneDrive and SharePoint for storing and sharing sensitive information. If it is necessary to send sensitive data via insecure means, ensure that the data is encrypted.
  • Never provide your password or other sensitive information in an email or response to an email. A request to do so is likely a phishing attempt.
Treat my mobile device like any other computer

Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devises are just small computers and experience many of the same security issues. Your pledge to cyber security applies to both your computer and mobile devices:

  • Configure a password or passcode on your mobile device
  • Install antivirus software, if available
  • Ensure that you’re running the latest version of your device’s operating system.
  • Ensure that you’re running the latest version of any applications installed on your mobile device
  • Disable or uninstall any applications that you don’t use
  • Disable wireless and Bluetooth if not in use
  • Enable encryption mechanisms, if available
  • Regularly back up data stored on your mobile device
  • Follow secure disposal practices
  • Enable Multi-factor authentication, when available
Report suspected security concerns immediately
  • Report a compromised system, account, lost or stolen device, computer, and Axcess ID Card
    • Contact Technology Services Service Desk immediately at 902-585-4537 or 1-888-

  • If you suspect your computer has been compromised or any other security breach, take the following steps:
    • Disconnect the computer from the network, turn off the wireless
    • Do not log off, shut down or reboot
Help promote privacy and cybersecurity awareness on campus
  • Share the Cybersecurity Pledge with your colleagues
  • Raise awareness of good privacy and security practices amongst your friends and colleagues
  • Protect yourself from Identity Theft and learn what to do if your identity is stolen
  • Take the Cybersecurity and Privacy Awareness training available for all employees, at
Know your responsibilities under FOIPOP and confidentiality
  • Understand your responsibilities around the safeguarding of personal and sensitive information
  • Review the documents found in the Privacy and Data Security website
  • Protect the confidentiality and privacy of information in your purview
  • Conduct a 5 Minute Privacy Check Up on your workstation/office
  • Report any breaches immediately
Obtain permission to share copyright protected materials
  • Understand your responsibilities around copyrighted materials 
  • Obtain permission, if necessary, to share copyright-protected materials
  • Take part in copyright training and investigate resources provided by the Library (