Risk Management, Information Technology

Title: Risk Management, Information Technology
Policy Owner: Information Technology Services / Chief Information Security Officer 
Applies to: All department and school/college system owners and IT professionals   
Campus Applicability: All campuses except UConn Health 
Effective Date: August 30, 2021
For More Information, Contact UConn Information Security Office 
Contact Information: techsupport@uconn.edu or security@uconn.edu 
Official Website: https://security.uconn.edu/


As technology and capabilities change our University environment, threats against these technologies also evolve. To provide the highest level of protection for the University, department and system owners are responsible for regular assessments of risks to their technology platforms. The Information Security Office is responsible for overseeing the evaluation of IT risk across the organization. 


This policy applies to all University department and school/college system owners and IT professionals.  


Confidential Data: Confidential data is institutional information protected by law, government regulations, statutes, industry regulations, contractual obligations, or specific university policies. Examples of confidential data may include Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Protected Health Information (PHI), Educational Records (FERPA), Credit Card Information (PCI-DSS). An extended list of Confidential Data can be found in Appendix A of the Data Classification Policy. 

Protected Data: Protected data is institutional information that must be guarded due to proprietary, ethical, privacy, or business process considerations. By default, most administrative data will fall into this classification or if data is not confidential or public, it will fall into the protected data category. 

Risk Assessment: Part of the ongoing risk management process that assigns relative priorities for mitigation plans and implementation.  

Risk Assessment Tool: Risk assessment tools are available to department and school/college system owners and IT professionals to collect information about systems, services, and data that will inform efforts to continuously strengthen UConn’s information security.  


The Information Security Office (ISO) is authorized to administer the University’s risk management process, which includes the delegation of responsibility for ensuring that information systems are assessed for risk. 

Due to the size and complexity of the UConn environment, each department and system owner is responsible for conducting a regular and ongoing risk assessment of the Information Technologies they are responsible for overseeing. 

In conducting a risk assessment, departments/individuals should evaluate risks to Information Technology based on a People, Process, Technology (PPT) methodology. Using this methodology and leveraging ISO policies, including the Acceptable Use Policy, Confidential Data Policy, Data Roles and Responsibilities Policy, Security Awareness Training Policy and System and Application Security Policy (available at https://security.uconn.edu), departments must evaluate opportunities to reduce risk to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information technology assets. 

Some University organizations will be required to do regular risk assessments as a regulatory or industry requirement. Organizations typically focusing on Personal Health Information or Credit Card Processing will have more formal risk assessments conducted by their leadership and review by Information Security Office on an annual basis.   


Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the Student Code. 

Questions about this policy or suspected violations may be reported to any of the following: 

Office of University Compliance –  https://compliance.uconn.edu (860-486-2530) 

Information Technology Services Tech Support –  https://techsupport.uconn.edu (860-486-4357) 

Information Security Office – https://security.uconn.edu 



Policy created:  May 16, 2012 

Revisions: August 30, 2021 [Approved by the President’s Senior Team]