The Information Security Policy: Doing Data Right

The McMaster University community has a lot of information to protect and the Information Security Policy helps us to do just that. This Policy provides concrete guidelines that will help everyone identify sensitive information, and configure the IT security controls that are required to protect it. This Policy is founded on established information security principles, common frameworks and accepted best practices.

  • Whether it is personal information, personal health information, or intellectual property, we all share the responsibility to keep it safe and private.
  • Whether you are a student, staff, faculty, or guest, you play an important role in keeping our information safe.
  • No matter where information is stored — in a spreadsheet on your laptop, in a secure database on campus, or in the cloud – you need to understand its value and protect it.

In today’s ever-changing world, digital security is consistently challenged with new threats developing daily. As a student, information security is important, as it’s the barrier that stands between me and the complex threats on the web. This protection ensures the systems that I use daily for my studies and assignments, maintain a reliable uptime and perform the required tasks as efficiently as possible. Most importantly, it allows me to use the full potential of the internet, without compromising my personal privacy, the privacy of my work, and my own safety.

Tanner Ryan, Student, 1st yr. Computer Science