PNPI stands for Personal Non-Public Information. The University maintains guidelines and programs to assist people with this at http://www.udel.edu/pnpi. There are several acts related to keeping personal information private and everyone should be aware of the policy. Read that page. The biggest thing is to not store Social Security Numbers (SSNs) in plaintext. Information such as SSNs, credit card numbers and grades must be either encrypted or stored on a central server. Additionally, If ANY (Administrative/Faculty/Grad/etc.) system on the network gets infected by a virus/trojan/etc that could indicate/result in any data compromise, the system will be taken off the network for a full security scan AND a full PNPI scan. This may require several days of downtime and/or certification forms signed by the user verifying compliance. It is important that PNPI data is not kept on computers, or if it’s required to be stored, that it be encrypted.
If a Windows machine is causing any kind of trouble on the network it will have its network port disabled. Usually the trouble is caused by a virus, worm or trojan that is running on the system. The system will not be allowed back on the network until the problem is resolved. Also be aware of the PNPI issues addressed above. If ANY system is causing trouble on the network, it will be disabled until the problem is found and resolved. This may require a full re-installation of the operating system if the problem(s) can not be resolved. The end-user and/or Administrator of the system is ultimately responsible for keeping any and all virus software, OS and application patches, and security/firewall rules up to date and active AT ALL TIMES.