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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 unique level of sensitivity and...
  • 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...
  • Please report an information security incident or any phishing attempts immediately to itprotect@umass.edu. If you suspect a compromise or unauthorized access to credit card information: Also contact the campus ecommerce representative immediately (pci@admin.umass.edu) to initiate the appropriate...
  • Note: Under a new university-wide contract, Sophos Intercept X Advanced is replacing McAfee endpoint protection at UMass Amherst. More information will follow. For questions, contact the IT professional in your department as applicable, or IT User Services. Full Disk encryption allows only...
  • About Hard Drive & Electronic Storage Destruction The UMass Amherst Office of Waste Management provides departments, faculty, and staff with a convenient, no cost way to destroy and dispose of computers, hard drives, backup tapes, and other electronic and magnetic storage media that contain...
  • Note: Under a new university-wide contract, Sophos Intercept X Advanced is replacing McAfee endpoint protection at UMass Amherst. More information will follow. For questions, contact the IT professional in your department as applicable, or IT User Services. UMass Amherst IT currently offers...
  • Information Management is the practice of treating information as an institutional resource that requires rules and practices for business process, privacy, security, compliance and risk management. UMass Amherst staff, faculty, and students working with university data must comply with campus...
  • Spirion 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 UMass Amherst IT’s version of Spirion, customized especially for UMass...
  • Spirion 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 UMass Amherst IT’s version of Spirion, 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...
  • 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 UMass Amherst IT at security@umass.edu as soon as possible. If your department’s computers are...
  • 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...
  • The Microsoft Rights Management Service (RMS) allows you to restrict access to Microsoft Office documents to specific individuals. RMS is integrated into Microsoft Office and is available for faculty and staff. Check with the IT professional in your department for assistance in enabling RMS for...
  • What is Spirion ? Spirion is a program that locates sensitive data (e.g., Social Security Numbers, credit card numbers) on desktops, laptops, servers, and other media. Spirion helps you inventory the sensitive data on your devices, making it easier to secure or remove data, and take the...