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Northwestern Theological Seminary Online Security Policy

is a priority at Northwestern Theological Seminary. We are committed to protecting the security and confidentiality of your information. We use combinations of state-of-the-art technology and other methods to ensure that your online sessions are secured.

– Northwestern’s standards are among the highest of seminaries on the Internet. Accessing our secure areas require that your browser support SSL, and does not allow information to be stored on your hard drive unless you specifically download it and save it on your computer.

Internet Security Measures
- Any personal information you send to us is encrypted. This technology, called Secure Socket Layers (SSL), protects information you submit or receive through the Application Page or NTSemail Form. Any sensitive personal information that you send either by use of the Application Page [found on the Seminary Website], or Secured NTSemail [found in the Administration Page of the Online Campus],  is held in a secured environment, protected by tools such as firewalls and/or database field encryption.

Encryption Standards
- All communication between your computer and Northwestern during a Northwestern Campus Online session is scrambled with the highest level of encryption available for today's popular browsers. Encryption is the process of translating meaningful communication into undecipherable code and then back into meaningful communication.

To ensure a high level of security when accessing the Online Campus, we require the use of 128-bit SSL encryption. It ensures that communication between you and Northwestern cannot be translated by anyone without the correct keys. This level of security is available for Netscape Navigator®, Microsoft Internet Explorer®, and America Online® browsers free of charge.

Technically, using 128-bit encryption means that each time you log in to the Online Campus, your computer is assigned a “key” made up of a string of 128 zeros and ones. All messages from your computer to our systems are then coded based on this “key”, but they can only be decoded using Northwestern’s equivalent 128-digit “key”. It is never transmitted on any open network, since it resides only on our system. It’s important to note that each time you log in, a different “key” is assigned, so that anyone attempting to break through the encryption algorithm would have to start over from scratch every time you use the Online Campus. To put that into perspective, a 128-bit key has 2128 possible combinations (that’s 340,282,366,920,938,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 different possibilities).

- Northwestern uses firewalls to help limit entry by anyone without proper authorization. A firewall is a security mechanism that regulates the data going in and out of a network. It is a commonly used, specialized computer which acts as a shield against data going in or out of a network. It checks to make sure that communications only occur between approved individuals and that the communication is in the proper protocol.

You can also play an important role in maintaining your security:

  • Never give out your Password to anyone. 
  • Do not store your Password or other sensitive data on your computer.
  • Log out of the OSR or OLC areas of the Online Campus when you are done using it.

If you feel your account or Password has been compromised at any time, let us know immediately by contacting the Administration. Send us this information via the NTSemail Secured form only found in the Administration Office link or click here.