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Working with protected information

Mark Hendricks, Information Security Analyst

The CSU uses the term “Level 1” to identify the most sensitive data stored by campus. Level 1 data includes information that state laws, federal laws and regulations, plus HSU policy require us to protect, such as social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, banking information, and medical information, so the majority of our security efforts are targeted at protecting Level 1 data. The CSU Data Classification Standards also define two other less-sensitive data classification types - Level 2 and Level 3 – which should also be taken into account. You should take the time to familiarize yourself with which information falls into each Level – you can read more on the ITS website at It’s vital that everyone on campus takes seriously the protection of people's private information that has been entrusted to us.

To help everyone get quicker and easier access to important information security information, we’ve also been working on a redesign of the Information Security web site at Particularly important are the news and advisory sections where we highlight recent information security news articles relevant to HSU as well as security advisories distributed by government agencies. These advisories will help you to avoid getting caught up in scams going around and updates you may need to make to applications to mitigate software vulnerabilities.

We also have a new Information Security Training program in the works, so keep an eye out for more information coming soon.