Basic IT Controls

The following video highlights basic information technology controls that every employee should know and practice. It is intended to educate all employees on how to safeguard information technology equipment and protect sensitive data. Also see related control points, policies, and articles that show the importance of implementing these controls.

Control Points


  • Information technology equipment (such as laptops, projectors, and thumb drives) should be physically secured to prevent theft.
  • System passwords should not be shared with coworkers (or anyone else), and, if necessary, should only be stored in secure locations.
  • Access to sensitive data should be prevented by securing your computer when not in use; this can be accomplished by locking your desktop when you get up.
  • Employees should ensure that they adequately protect information technology equipment when it is in their possession.