You may not know you have sensitive data... and that could be a big problem.
Data Classification at UC Davis
Practicing good cybersecurity is essential to protecting the UC’s mission to provide world-class teaching, research, and public service. There are many ways we do this here at UC Davis, but one big piece of the cybersecurity puzzle is data classification. After all, you can’t protect what you don’t know you have!
Four Protection Levels for UC data
University data is classified into one of four categories, known as Protection Levels. Each level has different impacts if the data falls into the wrong hands. A couple of examples for each protection level are below.
Financial records & social security numbers & sensitive identifiable research data
IT Security information & attorney-client privileged information
Building plans & public research data
Hours of operation & course catalogs
UC's Security Standard for Everyone and All Devices
Regardless of the type of data you are responsible for, there are steps everyone at UC Davis can take to protect themselves and the university. The University of California Office of the President (UCOP) put together a list of minimum security standards designed to protect UC's institutional information and IT resources, its workforce, partners, consultants, and suppliers. Here are the top five on the UCOP list: