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Security Best Practices

IT Security provides this information in order to educate the University community about security best practices. The guides and checklists are meant to help increase the security posture of OU assets; to inform people of OU IT Service offerings, often available for free; and help prepare users for assurance questions and obligations from partners, auditors, management, and even law enforcement.

Hardening Guides

Norman Secure Server Guidance (pdf) - This guidance is provided by OU IT Security for informing organizations in secure practices when installing, configuring, and maintaining servers and is based on the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) standards.


Norman Secure Web Server Guidance
 (pdf) - This web server guidance is provided as an addition to the secure server guidance and is based on the most relevant portions of the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) standards.

Helpful Links

OU IT Alerts page  - IT Services alerts and maintenance notifications

US-CERT vulnerability bulletins

Stay Stafe Online - Tips on how to stay safe online

InfoSecurity Magazine - Info Security Group online magazine