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06/07/2018 - 1:24pm

Data Security


Security refers to two main areas: 1) safeguarding the integrity of the data itself and 2) restricting access to sensitive data (such as geographic, administrative, or medical information about individuals).


  • Everyone should keep their digital data safe from attack by computer malware.
  • If you work with sensitive data, you may need to comply with requirements and policies of the university, state, federal government, and granting agencies for keeping it private.  Some of the following policies may be applicable:
Policy Description How to Comply
ASU data policies Protects sensitive personal data ASU UTO Policies, including those for sensitive information
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) Laws protecting private student data and its access by parents, schools, and others Guidance from the Family Policy Compliance Office at the Department of Education
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Rules safeguarding the privacy of personal health information and its access by health care providers and others Resources to assist researchers with HIPAA compliance


The same recommendations for keeping protecting digital information in other areas of your life apply to the valuable digital assets from your research:

Recommendation Method
Secure your computer. Follow the instructions at the CIO's Office of Campus Information Security
Keep private data private. This may require handling data in secure locations (data enclaves), setting up authentication/authorization, encrypting data, and other measures.
Learn how to handle your data Follow the ASU UTO Data Handling Standard


The following campus resources may be able to help you with questions or specific needs regarding data security:

Resource Description
Research Integrity and Assurance If you have further questions regarding the sensitivity of your research data or any compliance requirements asscociated with it, visit this website.