Information Security at RIT

Since 2001, the RIT Information Security Office, in partnership with other community stakeholders, has been a leader in managing information security risk and building community resiliency through:

Ensuring only those with sufficient privileges may access certain information.

Ensuring information is whole, complete, and uncorrupted.

Ensuring access to information without interference or obstruction.

Our Mission

Provide leadership to the RIT community in safeguarding the confidentiality, integrity and availability of RIT’s information resources.

What We Do

  • Awareness
  • Alerts/Advisories
  • Forensics/Investigations
  • Security Policies & Standards
  • Risk Management Framework
  • Structure and Resources

Risk Management Framework

RIT has applied a risk management approach to information security.  In order to manage information security risks, RIT attempts to:

  • Assess risks to identify and prioritize the greatest information security risks
  • Prevent information losses through policies/standards/guidelines, technical controls and education/training/awareness.
  • In the event of a loss, RIT seeks to minimize that loss through incident response, business continuity, and disaster recovery. When it is unclear whether a loss has occurred, RIT will conduct a forensics investigation.
  • In the event of a loss, RIT seeks to protect the RIT community from harm through risk management and insurance practices.
  • RIT regularly evaluates  information security through information security reviews and audits.

Step 1: Risk Assessment

Risk assessment (step 1)

Information security risk is created by the confluence of three major drivers: assets, vulnerabilities, and threats. In order to understand information security risk, it is necessary to understand the current and future state of each of these elements.  In order to minimize risk, it is necessary to manage assets, vulnerabilities, and threats through formalized programs.

Step 2: Loss Prevention

loss prevention (step 2)

Step 3: Loss Control

Loss Control is accomplished through initiatives in the following areas:

Step 4: Loss Financing

Loss Financing transfers risks to third parties through:

  • Contracts
  • Insurance
  • Self-Insurance

Step 5: Evaluation

Evaluation is provided through:

  • An exception process to manage Residual Risk
  • Metrics and reporting
  • Audit support

Structure and Resources

Distributed roles and responsibilities

  • Extended Team
  • PIMI Business and Technical Reps
  • System and application administrators
  • End users

Co-op Program

  • 2 engineering co-ops plus part time
  • 1 communications co-op

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