- Purpose & Scope
- The purpose of the Information Security Policy is:
- To establish the University of Utah (University) Information Security Program;
- To ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations and statutes, as well as contractual obligations.
- To ensure the protection of the University Information Assets, Information Systems, and IT Resources from unauthorized access or damage; and
- To maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Information Assets and Information Systems supporting the mission and functions of the University.
- Compliance with this Policy, and all its related Rules and Procedures, is required for all of the University's administrative units, including colleges, divisions, departments, and centers, and all members of the University community, including students, staff, faculty, other permanent or temporary employees, contractors, research collaborators, vendors, and third party agents.
- The purpose of the Information Security Policy is:
For the purposes of this Policy and any associated Regulations, these words and phrases have the following meanings:
- Account - A login ID in combination with a password, PIN, or other authentication token used to access any University Information System, Electronic Resource, or IT Resource.
- Application - Any individual or standalone piece of software that is used to provide a specific service to a community of users, or is used as an interface to an Information System.
- Asset - Any University-owned Information Asset or IT Resource that is a part of University business processes
- Audit Log - A chronological sequence of audit records, each of which contains evidence directly pertaining to and resulting from the execution of a business process or system function.
- Audit Trail - A record showing who has accessed an Information System and what operations the User has performed during a given period of time.
- Change - An event or action which modifies the configuration of any component, Application, Information System, or Service.
- Confidential - Any Information Asset which is classified as Restricted or Sensitive per the Data Classification and Encryption Rule
- Control - A control is a means of managing risk, including policies, rules, procedures,
processes, practices or organizational structures, which can be of administrative,
technical, physical, management, or legal nature. Control is also used as a synonym
safeguard or countermeasure.
- Critical Workstations - Workstations running time-sensitive Applications. These include, but are not limited to, Workstations in Lab, Pharmacy, Radiology and Emergency Downtime departments throughout the University's hospitals and clinics.
- Electronic Resource - Any resource used for electronic communication, including but not limited to internet, Email, and social media.
- Email- A means for exchanging digital messages between two parties sent via any electronic means.
- Encryption- To alter information using a code or mathematical algorithm so as to be unintelligible to unauthorized readers.
- Event Logs - A log service which reports on specified events such as a failure to start a component or complete an action. The three common Information System Event Log sources are Application, Security, and System.
- FIPS - Federal Information Processing Standard
- Firewall - A device or program that controls network traffic flow between networks or hosts that employ disparate security policies.
- HHS - Health and Human Services
- HIPAA - Health Information Portability and Accountability Act
- Information Asset - Data or knowledge stored in any electronic manner and recognized as having value for the purpose of enabling University to perform its business functions.
- Information System - An Application or group of Servers used for the electronic storage, processing, or transmitting of any University data or Information Asset.
- Information System Media -Physical media on which an Information System's Information Assets are stored for backup and recovery purposes (e.g. backup tapes, backup disks, NAS/SAN drives, magnetic media, etc.).
- Intellectual Property - Any intangible Asset that consists of human knowledge and ideas (e.g. patents, copyrights, trademarks, software, etc.)
- IS - Information Security
- IT - Information Technology
- IT - Professionals - IT Professionals develop, administer, manage and monitor the IT Resources, Information Systems, and Electronic Resources that support the University's IT infrastructure, are responsible for the security of the IT Resources, Information Systems, and Electronic Resources they manage, and assure that security related activities are well documented and completed in a consistent and auditable manner.
- IT Resource - A Server, Workstation, Mobile Device, medical device, networking device, web camera or other monitoring device, or other device/resource that is a) owned by the University or used to conduct University business regardless of ownership; b) connected to the University's network; and/or c) that is creating, accessing, maintaining, or transmitting Information Assets and used for electronic storage, processing or transmitting of any data or information.
- Mobile Device – A portable, handheld electronic computing device that performs similar functions as a Workstation (e.g. iPhone, Android phone, Windows phone, Blackberry, Android tablet, iPad, Windows tablet, etc.).
- NIST – National Institute of Standards and Technology
- NIST – National Institute of Standards and Technology Patch – A fix to a program failure, bug, or vulnerability that may also be referred to as a Service Pack.
- PHI – Protected Health Information
- PII – Personally Identifiable Information
- Remote Access – Access to Information Assets from any remote location outside of the University's network or physical boundaries.
- Removable Media - Physical media that is attached to or easily removed from a Workstation
or Mobile Device, on which the Workstation's or Mobile Device's Information Assets
are stored for backup and sharing purposes (e.g. USB drives, thumb
drives, external hard drives, DVDs, CDs, etc.).
- Restricted Data – Any data types classified as Restricted per the Data Classification
and Encryption Rule.
- Risk - Risk is the likelihood of a threat agent taking advantage of a vulnerability
and the corresponding business impact. Risk is usually calculated as either a quantitative
or qualitative score, and can be represented in the following equation:
Risk = (Likelihood of Threat/Vulnerability Event Occurrence) X (Business Impact of Event Occurring)
Inherent Risk – Inherent Risk is defined as the likelihood and impact of loss arising out of circumstances or existing in an environment, IT Resource, or Information System in the absence of any action to control or modify the circumstances.
Residual Risk – Residual Risk is the risk of an IT Resource that remains after controls or other mitigating factors have been implemented.
- Sensitive Data – Any data type classified as Sensitive per the Data Classification and Encryption Rule.
- Server – Hardware and software, and/or Workstation used to provide information and/or services to multiple Users.
- Service Account – An Account created specifically for running a process for an Application, Information System, or software package.
- Threat - A threat is anything (natural, facility, and/or human) that has the potential to cause harm.
- Unauthorized Access - Obtaining access into any IT Resource, network, storage medium, system, program, file, User area, controlled physical area, or other private repository, without the permission of the steward or owner.
- User – Any person, including students, staff, faculty, permanent and temporary employees,
contractors, vendors, research collaborators, and third party agents, who accesses
any University Electronic Resources, Information Systems, and/or IT
- VPN – A Virtual Private Network that uses a public telecommunication infrastructure, such as the Internet, to provide remote offices or individual users with secure access to the University's network.
- Vulnerability - A weakness that could be used to endanger or cause harm to an Asset.
- Workstation - An electronic computing device, terminal, or any other device that performs
as a general-purpose computer equipped with a microprocessor and designed to run commercial
software (such as a word processing application or Internet browser) for an
individual User (e.g. laptop, desktop computer, PC, Mac, etc.).
- Acceptable Use
University IT Resources, Information Systems, and Electronic Resources shall be used for legitimate patient care, instructional, research, administrative, public service, and approved contract purposes. Personal use of IT Resources, Information Systems, and Electronic Resources may be authorized if the use does not interfere with either the University’s or the User's ability to carry out University business and does not violate the terms of any University regulation. The use of IT Resources, Information Systems, and Electronic Resources is subject to University regulation. University IT Resources, Information Systems, and Electronic Resources shall not be used for activities that reasonably could be considered harassing, obscene, or threatening by the recipient or another viewer.
- IT Resource and Information System Use
All Users of University IT Resources and Information Systems shall:
- Comply with all federal, state and other applicable laws, all generally applicable
University regulations, and all applicable
contracts and licenses. Users are responsible for ascertaining, understanding, and complying with the laws, policies, rules,
procedures, contracts, and licenses applicable to their particular uses.
- Use only those University IT Resources and Information Systems that they are authorized
to use and use them only in
the manner and to the extent authorized.
- Refrain from unauthorized attempts to circumvent the security mechanisms of any University
IT Resource or Information
- Refrain from attempts to degrade system performance or capability.
- Refrain from attempts to damage IT Resources, Information Systems, software, or Intellectual Property of others.
- Refrain from using University IT Resources or Information Systems for unauthorized
personal, political, or commercial
- Comply with all federal, state and other applicable laws, all generally applicable University regulations, and all applicable
- Account Use
All Users of University Accounts shall:
- Refrain from sharing an Account and/or password or any other authentication token, or using another User's Account and/or password or any other authentication token. All such activity is strictly prohibited.
- Refrain from unauthorized viewing or use of another User's Accounts, computer files,
programs, and/or data. Access to
such information does not imply permission to view or use it. All such activity is strictly prohibited.
- Electronic Resource Use
All Users of Electronic Resources shall:
- Utilize Electronic Resources for legal and ethical purposes consistent with the University's
values, policies, and its
applicable information security rules and procedures.
- Protect the access to and integrity of Electronic Resources.
- Abide by local, state, federal or applicable international laws, contractual obligations, regulations, the University's regulations, and respect the copyrights and Intellectual Property rights of others.
- Use Electronic Resources only for their intended purpose.
- Respect the privacy and personal rights of others.
- Utilize Electronic Resources for legal and ethical purposes consistent with the University's values, policies, and its
- Intellectual Property Use
All Users of Intellectual Property shall:
- Refrain from the installation or distribution of "pirated" or other software products that are not appropriately licensed for use by the University.
- Abide by federal copyright laws when using University IT Resources and Information
Systems for the use of or the
copying of copyrighted material. The unauthorized publishing or use of copyrighted material on University IT Resources and
Information Systems is prohibited and Users are personally liable for the consequences of such unauthorized use.
- Refrain from violating the rights of any person or company protected by trade secret,
patent, or any other intellectual
property, or similar laws or regulations.
- For more specific implementation requirements, please see the Acceptable Use Rule.
- IT Resource and Information System Use
- Information Security Risk Management
The University's Information Security Risk Management Program shall support the University's business missions while also mitigating financial, operational, reputational and regulatory compliance risk. Risk Management shall enable the University to accomplish its mission(s) by:
- Securing the Information Systems that create, maintain, process, or transmit the University's Information Assets
- Enabling the appropriate University personnel to make well-informed decisions regarding risk and risk management
- Collaborating with other University risk management activities to ensure the University's information security program priorities are aligned appropriately with the University's risk tolerance
- Providing a systematic methodology to assess and manage information security risk for the University
- For more specific implementation requirements, please see the Information Security Risk Management Rule.
- Data Classification and Encryption
The University shall take measures to protect Confidential Information Assets that are created, maintained, processed, or transmitted using IT Resources and Information Systems. These measures shall be implemented commensurate with the assessed level of risk and reviewed at regular intervals. IT Professionals are primarily responsible for establishing, documenting, implementing, and managing data handling and management procedures for the IT Resources and Information Systems they support.
- Data Classification – All Information Assets shall be classified in accordance with the Data Classification and Encryption Rule.
- Data Handling – All Information Assets shall have appropriate handling Procedures in accordance with the data classification.
- Encryption – All Information Assets shall have encryption requirements in accordance with data classification.
- For more specific implementation requirements, please see the Data Classification and Encryption Rule.
- Access Management
Only authorized Users shall have physical, electronic or other access to IT Resources, Information Systems, Information Assets, and Electronic Resources. Access shall be limited to Users with a business need to know, and limited only to the requirements of their job function. It is the shared responsibility of IT Professionals and Users to prevent unauthorized access to IT Resources, Information Systems, Information Assets, and Electronic Resources at the University. Access controls shall include effective procedures for granting authorization, tools and practices to authenticate authorized Users, and prevention and detection of unauthorized use.
- Account Authorization – University Accounts shall be issued after the request is authorized appropriately and documented adequately.
- Account Authentication – University Accounts shall be authenticated at a minimum via unique login ids and complex passwords.
- Account Termination – University Accounts shall be deactivated, disabled and/or deleted as soon as reasonably possible after authorized notification of termination of contract, employment, or relationship with the University.
- Account Reaccreditation – University shall conduct periodic reviews of authorized access commensurate with the assessed level of risk.
- For more specific implementation requirements, please see the Access Management Rule.
- Change Management
Any changes to University production IT Resources and Information Systems that store, process, transmit, or maintain Confidential data shall be authorized, tested, documented, and approved prior to implementation.
For more specific implementation requirements, please see the Change
- Physical and Facility Security
University IT Resources and Information Systems shall be physically protected commensurate with the assessed level of risk. IT Professionals and IT Personnel shall ensure that controls are planned and implemented for safeguarding physical components against compromise and environmental hazards. Locks, cameras, alarms, redundant power systems, fire detection and suppression systems, and other safeguards as appropriate shall be installed in data centers and technology closets to ensure protection from
natural and facility threats, and to discourage and respond to unauthorized access to electronic or physical components contained in these areas.
For more specific implementation requirements, please see the Physical and Facility Security Rule.
- IT Resource and Information System Security and Vulnerability Management
IT Resources and Information Systems shall be protected commensurate with the assessed level of risk, and security baseline settings shall be utilized to ensure IT Resources and Information Systems are available for use and guarded against malware.
All IT Professionals, IT Personnel, and Users managing University IT Resources, Information Systems, and Electronic Resources shall:
- Protect any IT Resources and Information Systems under their management from compromise.
- Configure the IT Resources and Information Systems to reduce vulnerabilities to a minimum.
- Install anti-virus and/or other anti-malware tools, and relevant security patches to fix security issues.
- Periodically verify audit and activity logs, examine performance data, and generally check for any evidence of unauthorized access, the presence of viruses or other malicious code.
- Cooperate with the Information Security Office by providing support for and/or review of administrative activities as well as performing more sophisticated procedures such as penetration testing and real-time intrusion detection.
- For more specific implementation requirements, please see the IT Resource/Information System Security and Vulnerability Management Rule.
- Remote Access
It is the responsibility of Users with remote access privileges to the University's network to ensure that their remote access connection is given, at minimum, the same consideration as the User's on-site connection.
For more specific implementation requirements, please see the Remote
- Network Security
Access to both internal and external networked services shall be controlled and protected commensurate with the assessed level of risk. User, IT Resource, and Information System access to networks and network services shall not compromise the security of the network services by ensuring:
- Appropriate controls are in place between the University's network, networks owned by other organizations, and public networks.
- Appropriate authentication mechanisms are applied for Users, IT Resources and Information Systems.
- For more specific implementation requirements, please see the Network Security Rule.
- Log Management and Monitoring
University IT Resources, Information Systems, and Electronic Resources shall be configured to record and monitor information security incidents, events and weaknesses. These audit logs shall be regularly reviewed and analyzed for indications of inappropriate or unusual activity.
The University reserves the right to monitor and record the usage of all IT Resources, Information Systems, and Electronic Resources as necessary to evaluate and maintain performance and efficiency, and may further monitor and record the usage of individuals, including the disclosure of individual files under the following circumstances:
- There is reason to believe that activities are taking place contrary to the University's regulations, or state or federal law.
- To respond to an administrative court or judicial court order.
- To respond to a request for discovery in the course of litigation.
- To respond to a public record request for files which are deemed public records under public records laws.
- The University may use information gained in this manner in disciplinary or criminal
proceedings. In addition, state or federal law may require disclosure of individual
computer files that are deemed public records under GRAMA or other public records
laws. Communications made by means of University IT Resources, Information Systems,
and Electronic Resources are also generally subject to Public Records laws to the
same extent as they would be if made on paper.
For more specific implementation requirements, please see the Log Management and Monitoring Rule.
- Backup and Recovery
The University shall conduct backups of Information Assets commensurate with the Data Classification and Encryption Rule and assessed level of risk, and protect backup information and Information System Media at any storage location. Routine procedures shall be established for taking backup copies of data and testing their timely restoration and recoverability.
For more specific implementation requirements, please see the Backup and Recovery Rule.
- Information System Media Handling
University Information System Media shall be inventoried, controlled, and physically protected commensurate with the assessed level of risk to prevent unauthorized disclosure, modification, removal or destruction of Information Assets, and interruption to business activities. Appropriate operating procedures shall be established to protect Information System media, input/output data, and system documentation from unauthorized disclosure, modification, removal, and destruction.
- Media Access – The University shall restrict access to Information System Media to authorized individuals.
- Media Storage – The University shall physically control and securely store Information System Media on-site within controlled areas where appropriate, and ensure any authorized off-site storage is, at minimum, secured at the same level as the on-site area.
- Media Transport – The University shall protect and control Information System Media during transport outside of controlled areas, and restrict the activities associated with transport of such media to authorized personnel.
- Media Sanitization and Disposal – The University shall sanitize or destroy Information System Media containing Confidential data prior to disposal or release for reuse in accordance with NIST guidance.
- For more specific implementation requirements, please see the Information System Media Handling Rule.
- Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
The University shall develop and periodically review, test and update a formal, documented, business continuity and disaster recovery plan that incorporates information security requirements based on a business impact analysis that addresses purpose, scope, roles, responsibilities, management commitment, coordination among University administrative units and entities, escalation procedures and compliance, as well as develop and periodically review, test and update formal, documented procedures to facilitate the implementation of the contingency plans.
For more specific implementation requirements, please see the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning Rule.
- Information Security Incident Management
The University shall develop and periodically review, test and update a formal, documented information security incident response plan that addresses purpose, scope, roles, responsibilities, management commitment, coordination among University administrative units and entities, escalation procedures and compliance, as well as develop and periodically review and update a formal, documented procedure to facilitate the implementation of the information security incident response plan. All Users shall be made aware of the procedures for identifying information security incidents, events and weaknesses that may have an impact on the security of University IT Resources, Information Systems, and Electronic Resources and any associated Information Assets, and the Users shall be required to report these incidents, events and weaknesses to the appropriate point of contact as soon as possible.
For more specific implementation requirements, please see the Information Security Incident Management Rule.
- Information Security Awareness and Training
All University employees and, where appropriate, other Users shall receive appropriate information security awareness training and regular updates on University regulations, as relevant for their job function.
- Security Awareness – The University shall provide basic information security awareness to all IT Resource, Information System, and Electronic Resource Users.
- Security Training – The University shall identify personnel that have significant Information System security roles and responsibilities, document those roles and responsibilities, and provide appropriate Information System security training before authorizing access to the Information System or performing assigned duties, when required by Information System changes, and at least annually thereafter.
- Security Training Records – The University shall document and monitor individual Information System security training activities including basic security awareness, security training, and specific Information System security training.
- Contacts with Security Groups and Associations – The University shall establish and
maintain contacts with special interest groups, specialized forums, professional associations,
news groups, and/or peer groups of security professionals in similar organizations
to stay up to date with the latest recommended security practices, techniques, and
to share the latest security-related information including threats, vulnerabilities, and incidents.
- For more specific implementation requirements, please see the Information Security Awareness and Training Rule.
- Exceptions to Policy
- Exceptions to this Policy and any related Rules or Procedures may be made where the cost to remediate systems and processes that are not compliant with applicable University Regulations greatly exceeds the risks of non-compliance.
- All approved exceptions to this Policy or any related Rules or Procedures must have an expiration date set no later than one year from the approval date of the exception, and will be reviewed prior to expiration to reevaluate the risks of maintaining the exception based on emerging threats and business justifications.
- Incidences of actual or suspected non-compliance with this Policy or associated Regulations must be reported to the Information Security Office, whose administrators will work with the appropriate authorities to resolve.
- The University reserves the right to revoke access to any resource for any User who violates this Policy or associated Regulations, or for any other business reasons in conformance with applicable policies.
- Violation of this Policy or associated Regulations may result in disciplinary action in accordance with pertinent University policies, including those referenced in Section V of this policy.
- [Note: Parts IV-VII of this Regulation (and all other University Regulations) are Regulations Resource Information – the contents of which are not approved by the Academic Senate or Board of Trustees, and are to be updated from time to time as determined appropriate by the cognizant Policy Officer and the Institutional Policy Committee, as per Policy 1-001 and Rule 1-001.]
- Acceptable Use
- Rules, Procedures, Guidelines, Forms and other related resources
- Rule 4-004A: Protected Health Information Data Breach Notification Procedures
- Other related resources materials
- 45 C.F.R. 164: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA): Security and Privacy
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (“FERPA”, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g)
- Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 ("FISMA", 44 U.S.C. § 3541)
- ISO 27002:2005, Information Technology - Security Techniques - Code of Practice for Information Security Management
- NIST 800 Series, Federal Information Security Standards
- Policy 3-070: Payment Card Acceptance
- Policy 4-001: University Institutional Data Management
- Policy 4-003: World Wide Web Resources Policy
- Policy 5-111: Disciplinary Actions and Dismissal of Staff Employees
- Policy 6-400: Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Policy 6-316: Code of Faculty Rights and Responsibilities
- Pub. 111-5, Division A, Title XIII, Subtitle D: Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act)
- Omnibus HIPAA Rule: 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 - Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules Under the HITECH Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; Other Modifications to the HIPAA Rules; Final Rule
- The designated contact officials for this Policy are:
- Policy Owner (primary contact person for questions and advice): Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer, 801-587-9241 IT_policy@utah.edu
- Policy Officer: Chief Information Officer, 801-581-3100
- These officials are designated by the University President or delegee, with assistance of the Institutional Policy Committee, to have the following roles and authority, as provided in University Rule 1-001:
- "A 'Policy Officer' will be assigned by the President for each University Policy, and will typically be someone at the executive level of the University (i.e., the President and his/her Cabinet Officers). The assigned Policy Officer is authorized to allow exceptions to the Policy in appropriate cases.... "
- "The Policy Officer will identify an 'Owner' for each Policy. The Policy Owner is an expert on the Policy topic who may respond to questions about, and provide interpretation of the Policy; and will typically be someone reporting to an executive level position (as defined above), but may be any other person to whom the President or a Vice President has delegated such authority for a specified area of University operations. The Owner has primary responsibility for maintaining the relevant portions of the Regulations Library... .[and] bears the responsibility for determining -requirements of particular Policies... ." University Rule 1-001-III-B & E
- The designated contact officials for this Policy are:
- Renumbering: Renumbered as Policy 4-004 effective 9/15/08, formerly known as PPM 1-18
- Current version: Revision 4, effective date: May 12, 2015
- Approved by Academic Senate: May 4, 2015
- Approved by Board of Trustees: May 12, 2015
- Background information for this version
- Earlier revisions:
- Current version: Revision 4, effective date: May 12, 2015
- Renumbering: Renumbered as Policy 4-004 effective 9/15/08, formerly known as PPM 1-18
1. This provision is intended to ensure that access is removed for persons lacking an appropriate relationship with the University. The Policy allows for flexibility by administrators of Human Resouces, Student Affairs, and other administrative units to define the appropriate relationships (e.g., staff, faculty person of interest, alumni, etc.)