Security

Exception Process and Compliance

Anyone not in compliance with an Information Security Standard is subject to sanctions including suspension of computer and network privileges and/or the full range of current Institute personnel and student disciplinary processes.

In a small number of circumstances, it may not be possible to comply with an Information Security Standard.   The Information Security Office has provided the following method for obtaining an exception to compliance with a published information security standard.  Exceptions should be approved and signed by the appropriate Information Trustee (VP, Dean, or CIO).  (An email endorsing the exception request is acceptable.)

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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:

Confidentiality
Ensuring only those with sufficient privileges may access certain information.

Integrity
Ensuring information is whole, complete, and uncorrupted.

Availability
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

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

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Web Security Standard

Web Security Standard

The Web Standard provides measures to prevent, detect, and correct compromises on web servers that host RIT Confidential information or use RIT Authentication services. The standard includes configuration and documentation requirements.

Documented Standard

  • Current Web Security Standard (reflects 2015 operational transition, supersedes previous version, comply by 1/23/15)
  • NOTE: As of 12/5/2014, SSL is no longer considered to be secure.

When am I required to follow the standard?

  • If you own, administer, or maintain
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Server Security Standard

Server Security Standard

The Server Standard provides requirements for server configuration and use at RIT.

A list of ISO-approved security assessment tools, HIPS programs, secure protocols, and a sample trespassing banner can be found in the Technical Resources

What does the standard apply to?

All servers (including production, training, test, and development) and the operating systems, applications, and databases as defined by this standard.

The standard does not apply to individual student-owned servers or faculty-assigned student servers for projects; however, administrators of these servers are encouraged to meet the Server Standard.

Recommended Strong Authentication Practices

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Desktop and Portable Computer Security Standard

To protect the RIT community and the Institute network from computer-borne threats, RIT has created minimum security requirements for desktop and laptop computers.

Desktop and Portable Computer Standard

  • Current Desktop/Portable Computer Standard (reflects 2015 operational changes, supersedes previous version, effective 1/23/15)

What does it apply to?

  • All RIT-owned or leased computers.
  • Any computer (physical or virtual) connecting to the RIT network through a physical, wireless, dial-up, or VPN connection.

The standard is not required for:

The following devices should employ these controls... ...