Harvard University is committed to protecting information resources that are critical to its academic and research mission. Protection may be governed by legal, contractual, financial, or University considerations. Harvard is equally committed to preserving an environment that encourages academic and research collaboration through the responsible use of information technology resources. 

Everyone at Harvard has a responsibility for proper handling and protection of confidential information. All users must comply with the Information Security Policies at this site.  Policy questions may be directed to the University Chief Information Security Officer Christian Hamer.

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Data Classification Table
The first step in securing your data is to understand its classification.

Harvard Information Security Policy
Understand your responsibility for protecting Harvard data.

Policy on Access to Electronic Information
Access electronic information effectively and appropriately.

Research Data Security Policy
Protect your valuable research and study data.

Student Information Policy Overview
Learn about FERPA, and what it means for handling student information.

Contract Riders for Vendors
Information security is a requirement for anyone handling Harvard data.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Information regarding Harvard's responsibilities under the DMCA.

Security Tip of the Day

US-CERT Current Activity