New University of Arizona Data Classification and Handling Standard

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New University of Arizona Data Classification and Handling Standard

To: All University of Arizona Employees


Christian Schreiber, University Information Security Officer

Subject: New University of Arizona Data Classification and Handling Standard

Date: April 29, 2015

UA Information Security has updated the University’s Data Classification and Handling Standard (IS-2321) in order to provide more prescriptive guidance for the classification and handling of University information assets. The new standard clearly defines four categories of data:

Regulated: Data controlled by federal, state, local and/or industry regulations. These data are affected data breach notification laws and contractual provisions in government research grants, which impose legal and technical restrictions on the appropriate use of institutional information.

Confidential: Data protected as Confidential by law, contracts, or third-party agreement, and by the University for confidential treatment. Unauthorized disclosure, alteration or destruction of this data type could cause a significant level of risk to the University or its affiliates.

Public: Data that may be disclosed to any person, regardless of affiliation with the University.  Some level of control is required to protect the integrity and availability of Public data (e.g., protecting original (source) documents from unauthorized modification).

Internal: Data not intended for public use or exposure. Internal data generally should not be disclosed outside of the University without the permission of the person or group that created the data. Any data not specifically classified as Regulated, Confidential or Public should be considered Internal.

Please click here to view the full standard.

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