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  • On This Page: A. Restricted Data B. Confidential Data C. Operational Use Only Data D. Unclassified Data At UMass Amherst, University data falls into four categories: restricted, confidential, operational use only, and unclassified. Each category denotes a...
  • State and federal legislation and University policies mandate that campus departments take appropriate steps to protect the sensitive data available to them. To comply with these requirements and enable the University to respond in case of a security breach, academic and administrative...
  • A ‘data security incident’ is a catch-all term for different types of unauthorized activity involving computing devices and/or sensitive data. Members of the University community can use this page to learn about different types of data security incidents, the appropriate response procedures, and...
  • Full Disk encryption allows only authorized individuals to log in to your laptop or desktop. An IT professional can add specific individuals to a list of pre-authorized users who can log in to the computer, but once they have logged in, the data will be accessible to anyone using that machine until...
  • About Hard Drive & Tape Destruction The Office of Information Technologies (OIT) provides departments, faculty, and staff with a convenient, no cost way to destroy and dispose of hard drives, backup tapes, and other magnetic media that contain sensitive or confidential information. This...
  • OIT currently offers departments several tools that can help protect computers and data, and mitigate potential data security incidents. Identity Finder to Locate Sensitive Data Identity Finder is an application that locates sensitive data (a.k.a. personally identifiable information - e.g.,...
  • What is Identity Finder? Identity Finder is a program that locates sensitive data (e.g., Social Security Numbers, credit card numbers) on desktops, laptops, servers, and other media. Identity Finder helps you inventory the sensitive data on your devices, making it easier to secure or remove data...
  • Identity Finder is a program that locates sensitive data (e.g., Social Security Numbers, credit card numbers) on desktops, laptops, servers, and other media, helping you secure or remove this data. Use these instructions to install OIT’s version of Identity Finder, customized especially for UMass...
  • Identity Finder is a program that locates sensitive data (e.g., Social Security Numbers, credit card numbers) on desktops, laptops, servers, and other media, helping you secure or remove this data. Use these instructions to install OIT’s version of Identity Finder, customized especially for UMass...
  • These pages provide step-by-step instructions for setting up passwords that restrict access to your computer and your documents. Guidelines for creating effective passwords are also included. To learn more about data security, see our Information Security Tips. Password Guidelines Consider...
  • Overview UMass Amherst staff, faculty, and students working with University data must comply with campus data security policies when using commercial storage and collaboration services. The following storage requirements have been established to protect sensitive University data, the data the...
  • Computers compromised by malware are the most common data security incident on campus. Departments can choose to handle portions of an incident internally (using the checklist below) or contact OIT at security@oit.umass.edu as soon as possible. If your department’s computers are maintained...
  • Any data security incident involving a University-owned devices or personal devices containing sensitive University data should be taken seriously. Responding to data security incidents promptly and efficiently helps protect the University's assets (e.g., data, computers, networks) and ensures...