UF to comply with Board of Governors emergency regulation

Information Technology VP and CIO Elias Eldayrie
April 5, 2023

To the University of Florida community:

The University of Florida is taking steps to comply with the State University System Board of Governors Emergency Regulation 3.0075 – Security of Data and Related Information Technology Resources which was adopted by the Board of Governors on March 29, 2023.

This regulation requires institutions to remove technologies published in the State University System (SUS) Prohibited Technologies List from any university-owned device and to block network traffic associated with these technologies.

Effective immediately, the installation or use of Tencent QQ, TikTok, WeChat, VKontakte, and Kaspersky on any university-owned device, network, or to conduct any university business, including marketing and advertising, is prohibited. If you have installed any of these prohibited technologies on a university-owned mobile device or computer, you are required to remove it and cease using it.

In addition, the use of any of these prohibited technologies on any UF Wi-Fi network is also prohibited.

Finally, the university strongly recommends that everyone discontinue the use of these prohibited technologies and remove the apps from their personal devices. Taking this action will help protect your personal information as well as university data.

The University of Florida continuously evaluates technology vendors and software products and services and maintains a list of approved technologies on UF’s Fast Path Solutions website. High-risk software and services that present an unacceptable level of cybersecurity risk to the university are listed as ‘not permitted for use.’

More information about this action can be found on this FAQ page.

The university treats the protection of UF data – academic records, research, financial information, and other sensitive, personally identifying information – as an institutional priority.

Thank you for doing your part in helping to protect UF.