CAEN Knowledge Base
CAEN Knowledge Base

Note: For updates from the College about resources for learning, teaching and working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit: covid-19.engin.umich.edu


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How should telecommuters handle working with sensitive data during remote work?

Use of the U-M VPN service is recommended during all University remote work. A Virtual Private Network is a way to connect to on-campus services when you are working off-campus. The VPN client software will encrypt your network traffic, so data is securely sent to and from University networks. Using the VPN is especially recommended when connecting from a public network, such as Wi-Fi in coffee shops, hotels, conference centers, etc. Certain activities also require the use of a VPN for remote access, such as:

  • File Servers
  • Remote Desktop Connections
  • OARS
  • MGIS

Sensitive data should never be saved locally on personal laptops or home computers, and should remain on U-M servers and approved cloud storage services (e.g. Google, Box).