IT Security


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University of North Florida Information Security Program 

I. Purpose

In order to continue to protect private information and data, and to comply with new federal laws effective May 23, 2003, the University has adopted this Information Security Program for certain highly critical and private financial and related information. This security program applies to customer financial information ("covered data") the University receives in the course of business as required by these new federal laws, as well as other confidential financial information the University has voluntarily chosen as a matter of policy to include within its scope. This document describes many of the activities the University currently undertakes, and will undertake, to maintain covered data according to legal and University requirements. This Information Security Program document is designed to provide an outline of the safeguards that apply to this information. The practices set forth in this document will be carried out by and impact diverse areas of the University.

II. Definitions

"Covered data" means all information required to be protected under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act ("GLB Act"). "Covered data" also refers to financial information that the University, as a matter of policy, has included within the scope of this Information Security Program. Covered data includes information obtained from a student in the course of offering a financial product or service, or such information provided to the University from another institution. "Offering a financial product or service" includes offering student loans, receiving income tax information from a current or prospective student’s parents as a part of a financial aid application, offering credit or interest bearing loans, and other miscellaneous financial services as defined in 12 CFR § 225.28. Examples of student financial information relating to such products or services are addresses, phone numbers, bank and credit card account numbers, income and credit histories and social security numbers. "Covered data" consists of both paper and electronic records that are handled by the University or its affiliates.

"Service Providers" refers to all third parties who, in the ordinary course of University business, are provided access to covered data. Service providers may include businesses retained to transport and dispose of covered data, collection agencies, and systems support providers, for example.

III. Security Program Components

The GLB Act requires the University develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive information security program containing the administrative, technical and physical safeguards that are appropriate based upon the University’s size, complexity and the nature of its activities. This Information Security Program has five components: (1) designating an employee or office responsible for coordinating the program; (2) conducting risk assessments to identify reasonably foreseeable security and privacy risks; (3) ensuring that safeguards are employed to control the risks identified and that the effectiveness of these safeguards is regularly tested and monitored; (4) overseeing service providers, and (5) maintaining and adjusting this Information Security Program based upon the results of testing and monitoring conducted as well as changes in operations or operating systems.

IV. Security Program Manager

The Director, Network, Systems and Security ("Security Manager”) is responsible for implementing this Information Security Program. The Security Manager is housed in Information Technology Services and works closely with the Controller, the Registrar, Human Resources, and the Office of General Counsel.

The Compliance Office, Internal Auditor and other offices and units assist to implement this program. The Security Manager consults with responsible offices to identify units and areas of the University with access to covered data.

The Security Manager will ensure that risk assessments and monitoring are carried out for each unit or area that has covered data and that appropriate controls are in place for the identified risks. The Security Manager may require units with substantial access to covered data to further develop and implement comprehensive security plans specific to those units and to provide copies of the plan documents.

The Security Manager may designate, as appropriate, responsible parties in each area or unit to carry out activities necessary to implement this Information Security Program.

The Security Manager will work with responsible parties to ensure adequate training and education is developed and delivered for all employees with access to covered data. The Security Manager will, in consultation with other University offices, verify that existing policies, standards and guidelines that provide for the security of covered data are reviewed and adequate. The Security Manager will make recommendations for revisions to policy, or the development of new policy, as appropriate.

The Security Manager will prepare an annual report on the status of the Information Security Program and provide that to the University’s Chief Information Officer. The Security Manager will update this Information Security Program, including this and related documents, from time to time. The Security Manager will maintain a written security plan containing the elements set forth above and make the plan available to the University community.

V. Risk Assessment

The Information Security Program will identify reasonably foreseeable external and internal risks to the security, confidentiality, and integrity of covered data that could result in the unauthorized disclosure, misuse, alteration, destruction, or otherwise compromise such information, and assess the sufficiency of any safeguards in place to control these risks. Risk assessments will include consideration of risks in each area that has access to covered information. Risk assessments will include, but not be limited to, consideration of employee training and management; information systems, including network and software design, as well as information processing, storage, transmission and disposal; and systems for detecting, preventing, and responding to attacks, intrusions, or other system failures.

The Security Manager will work with all relevant areas to carry out comprehensive risk assessments. Risk assessments will include system-wide risks, as well as risks unique to each area with covered data. The Security Manager will ensure that risk assessments are conducted at least annually, and more frequently where required. The Security Manager may identify a responsible party in each unit with access to covered data to conduct the risk assessment considering the factors set forth above, or employ other reasonable means to identify risks to the security, confidentiality and integrity of covered data in each area of the University with covered data.

VI. Information Safeguards and Monitoring

The Information Security Program will verify that information safeguards are designed and implemented to control the risks identified in the risk assessments set forth above. The Security Manager will ensure that reasonable safeguards and monitoring are implemented and cover each unit that has access to covered data. Such safeguards and monitoring will include the following:

A. Employee Management and Training

Safeguards for security will include management and training of those individuals with authorized access to covered data. The University has adopted comprehensive policies, standards and guidelines setting forth the procedures and recommendations for preserving the security of private information, including covered data. These are set forth in at the following website: https://www.unf.edu/its/polproc.

The Security Manager will, working with other responsible offices and units, identify categories of employees or others who have access to covered data. The Security Manager will ensure that appropriate training and education is provided to all employees who have access to covered data. Such training will include education on relevant policies and procedures and other safeguards in place or developed to protect covered data. Training and education may also include newsletters, promotions or other programs to increase awareness of the importance preserving the confidentiality and security of confidential data.

B. Information Systems

Information systems include network and software design, as well as information processing, storage, transmission, retrieval, and disposal.

Network and software systems will be reasonably designed to limit the risk of unauthorized access to covered data. This may include designing limitations to access, and maintaining appropriate screening programs to detect computer hackers and viruses and implementing security patches.

Safeguards for information processing, storage, transmission, retrieval and disposal may include: requiring electronic covered data be entered into a secure, password-protected system; using secure connections to transmit data outside the University; using secure servers; ensuring covered data is not stored on transportable media (floppy drives, zip drives, etc); permanently erasing covered data from computers, diskettes, magnetic tapes, hard drives, or other electronic media before re-selling, transferring, recycling, or disposing of them; storing physical records in a secure area and limiting access to that area; providing safeguards to protect covered data and systems from physical hazards such as fire or water damage; disposing of outdated records under a document disposal policy; shredding confidential paper records before disposal; maintaining an inventory of servers or computers with covered data; and other reasonable measures to secure covered data during its life cycle in the University’s possession or control.

C. Managing System Failures

The University will maintain effective systems to prevent, detect, and respond to attacks, intrusions and other system failures. Such systems may include maintaining and implementing current anti-virus software; checking with software vendors and others to regularly obtain and installing patches to correct software vulnerabilities; maintaining appropriate filtering or firewall technologies; alerting those with access to covered data of threats to security; imaging documents and shredding paper copies; backing up data regularly and storing back up information off site, as well as other reasonable measures to protect the integrity and safety of information systems.

D. Monitoring and Testing

Monitoring systems will be implemented to regularly test and monitor the effectiveness of information security safeguards. Monitoring will be conducted to reasonably ensure that safeguards are being followed, and to swiftly detect and correct breakdowns in security. The level of monitoring will be appropriate based upon the potential impact and probability of the risks identified, as well as the sensitivity of the information provided. Monitoring may include sampling, system checks, reports of access to systems, reviews of logs, audits, and any other reasonable measures adequate to verify that Information Security Program’s controls, systems and procedures are working.

E. Reporting

The Security Manager will provide an annual report on the status of the information safeguards and monitoring implemented for covered data.

VII. Service Providers

In the course of business, the University may from time to time appropriately share covered data with third parties. Such activities may include collection activities, transmission of documents, destruction of documents or equipment, or other similar services. This Information Security Program will ensure that reasonable steps are taken to select and retain service providers that are capable of maintaining appropriate safeguards for the customer information at issue and requiring service providers by contract to implement and maintain such safeguards.

The Security Manager, by survey or other reasonable means, will identify service providers who are provided access to covered data. The Security Manager will work with the Office of General Counsel, and other offices as appropriate, to make certain that service provider contracts contain appropriate terms to protect the security of covered data.

VIII. Policies, Standards and Guidelines

The University has adopted comprehensive policies, standards, and guidelines relating to information security. They are incorporated by reference into this Information Security Plan, and set forth at the following website: https://www.unf.edu/its/polproc.