U4: Passwords used on all systems for Harvard business should be of sufficient length and complexity to reasonably protect them from being guessed by humans or computers. (Most Harvard systems enforce length and complexity standards.)
U10: Information designated Level 3 or higher may only be used, stored or processed on servers or services (such as file sharing or collaboration services, cloud-based email services, cloud-based backup and recovery services, etc.) that meet applicable Harvard data protection requirements.
U11: Information designated Level 4 or higher must not be stored on user computing devices, including portable computing devices such as laptops, smartphones, or tablets. Level 4 information may be stored on external encrypted portable storage media.
V2: Contracts with vendors managing Level 3 or Level 4 information must contain specific confidentiality language approved by the Office of General Counsel (OGC), or be reviewed by the OGC. Find out more about appropriate Contract Riders for Vendors.
V3: The security design, policies, and procedures of vendors and parties who will collect, process, host or store Level 4 information must be reviewed by a University Information Security Officer. Find out more about appropriate Contract Riders for Vendors.
SC5: The business application owner for applications dealing with Level 4 information must designate which employees have permission to access level 4 information about others from outside the Harvard wired or other Harvard strongly authenticated and encrypted wireless network.
SB12: Servers or applications handling data classified as L3 or higher, whether managed directly by Harvard or a contracted vendor (e.g. SaaS), must use a centrally-managed Harvard authentication system where feasible, e.g. HarvardKey or HUIT Active Directory, or an authentication system approved by the School or University CIO.
SSN1: All records compiled or maintained by or for Harvard that contain full SSNs plus other information that can connect the record to an individual (e.g. date of birth, phone number, address, etc.), wherever located and whatever the format, are High Risk Confidential Information and must satisfy the applicable processing and protection requirements for Level 4 data.
SSN2: New collection processes or new research grants effective on or after July 1, 2017: Identifiable records containing full SSNs may be compiled and maintained only to comply with a specific legal requirement. Full SSNs plus identifiable information may only be used or printed in documents where it is legally required. Identifiable records with full SSNs may not be compiled or maintained if there is no legal requirement for that specific data. Read more about Compile and maintain identifiable records with Social Security Numbers only when required by law
SSN4: The Harvard “business owner” of any records containing identifiable records with full SSNs, whether electronic or paper, stored by the Harvard unit or by a vendor, must annually report that there are such records and describe the system or systems on which they are maintained, the retention schedule, the location of the system(s), and the approximate number of such records containing full SSNs.