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.

Today’s Students do not function outside of the digital realm. Students expect a learning environment that functions through this medium. This use of technology has its pros and cons. With internet access, Wi-Fi sharing of files and the speed of information transfer, the exchange of knowledge is much easier than it has ever been in the past. That said, this means that the need for increased online and internet security is now paramount to the functioning of learning in modern higher education – higher education that attempts to engage students in multiple ways of learning. I use the online environment not only for delivery of curricular content, student assignment uploads and sharing of grades, but also as a safe and unbiased arena for engagement of students on a much more personal level. I want my students to be able to discuss, debate and share their personal thoughts, opinions and beliefs about what they are learning. This type of student engagement cannot happen without high levels of internet security.

Chad Harvey, Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Science