University of Utah Procedure for Reporting of Child Pornography

April 4, 2016

New Requirements for Reporting of Child Pornography – H.B. 155

The Utah State Legislature recently modified state requirements for computer technicians regarding the reporting of child pornography. All computer technicians are urged to immediately review the new requirements in full:

In sum, computer technicians who find child pornography in the course of their work must report it to law enforcement or the federal Cyber Tipline for crimes of sexual exploitation committed against children. Failure to report child pornography is a class B misdemeanor.

The University of Utah has established the following procedures for properly reporting suspected child pornography activity:

  1. Computer technicians should contact their designated help desk to open a HIGH ticket, routed to the Information Security Office (ISO). ISO will contact the University’s Office of General Counsel (OGC), Human Resources (HR) and law enforcement as appropriate.
  2. If there is immediate concern regarding the machine (e.g. the machine is attacking other machines or being remote-controlled), computer technicians should disconnect the network cable or contact their designated help desk to open a HIGH ticket, routed to the Network Operations Center (NOC), to have the machine disconnected from the wireless network.
  3. Computer technicians MUST NOT power off the machine or perform any further actions on the machine as it may destroy or alter evidence. Technicians should await further instructions from ISO.

If you have any questions, please contact your designated help desk:

  • Main Campus: UIT Help Desk 801-581-4000 option 1
  • Hospitals and Clinics: ITS Service Desk 801-587-6000