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 Post subject: New Security Chapter (Getting Started in VISTA)
PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:37 pm 

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Work continues on Getting Started in VISTA, an introductory guide aimed at end users who are first learning to use the VISTA system. The guide is based on the Users Guide to Computing, a VA manual that was last updated in 1992.

One of the changes we made was to greatly expand the information on security and add information on patient privacy. We created an entire chapter on security, consisting mainly of new content.

The new security chapter is attached, and we would welcome any comments or suggestions for improvement.


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 Post subject: Re: New Security Chapter (Getting Started in VISTA)
PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:58 pm 
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You use the sentence:
If you fail to say No at this level, the server logs you off the system.

I think a more direct sentence is easier to understand:

If you answer YES at this level, the server logs you off the system.

Later you have a paragraph:

Your Electronic Signature Code
Your Electronic Signature Code is an electronic version of your legally binding signature. You are legally responsible for anything your code is attached to. Using someone else's code on your work, or allowing your code to be used on someone else's work, is a serious legal and ethical violation. Keep your code secret, and be aware of what it is being used on.


again, there is nothing wrong with this, I just think repeating electronic signature" is better than repeating the word "code" i.e.:

Your Electronic Signature Code
Your Electronic Signature Code is an electronic version of your legally binding signature. You are legally responsible for anything your electronic signature is attached to. Using someone else's electronic signature on your work, or allowing your electronic signature to be used on someone else's work, is a serious legal and ethical violation. Keep your electronic signature code secret, and be aware of what it is being used on.

As an aside, I have no idea how to do some of what you are warning them not to do.
You cannot use someone else's electronic signature unless you have already logged in using their access code and verify code, nor can you allow someone else to use your electronic signature code unless they login using your access code and verify code. Maybe this paragraph should be reformulated.

You have the line later which I found confusing, primarily because an "I" looks like a lower case "l"
and there were no lowercase "l"s in the example. Finally, I realized that the example was using an uppercase "I" to talk about the lower case "i" in the example, another issue was that there were no quotes about the letter and number that were being replaced.

The document has:
For example, we could replace the letter Is with number 1s: oatgj1att1atw.
I would use a different letter+number combination, perhaps
For example, we could replace the letter "a"s with number "4"s: o4tgji4tti4tw.


I hope this review helps...
David


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 Post subject: Re: New Security Chapter (Getting Started in VISTA)
PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:22 am 

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Thanks, David.

I think the point of the time out is it will log you out if you don't respond. I have changed the sentence to:

"If you fail to answer, or if you answer Yes, the server logs you off the system."

I changed the electronic signature code paragraph as you suggested.

One of the people who initially reviewed this chapter was Eileen Gormly, the ISO for Puget Sound VA. She seemed to think that people using each others' signatures was an issue, and suggested that I add that text.

I changed the uppercase I in the explanation to a lowercase i, which shouldn't look like anything except an i.

Thank you again for your suggestions. If anybody else has any, please don't be shy about speaking up. I hope to have a new chapter up soon.

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