Best Practices

DRAFT rev 9.22.2006 The following are guidelines which should help you keep your data and College data safe. Protocols for Handling Sensitive College Data
DRAFT rev 9.22.2006

Security Polices for handhelds(BlackBerrys, iTouch) and laptops

The College has developed procedures for steps to take when laptops or handheld devices are lost or stolen.

Blackberry Security Guidelines

Procedures for Lost or Stolen Handheld Devices

Lost/Stolen Laptop Guidelines




Laws and Industry Standards Defining and Regulating Sensitive Data

Mass. Identity Theft Prevention Law

Signed into law on August 3, 2007, the state's Identity Theft Protection Law stipulates what the state considers protected personal data, steps to take in the event of a breach, and the ways in which personal data must be destroyed.

External Links

Amherst College Security Breach Action Plan Draft

Draft rev 04.29.09

I. Sensitive College Data

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    Sensitive College Data

II. Breach of Security

  • Known theft of sensitive data.
  • Loss/Theft of device, such as a laptop, PDA (Blackberry), CD-ROM, or flash drive, containing sensitive data.
  • Unauthorized access to sensitive data.

Data Security

The security and the secure management of sensitive College data are important to Amherst College. In this area of the College web site, members of the College with a responsibility for the security of data have developed approaches and common understandings as well as kept track of legal and industry standards.

Most important, is a shared understanding of sensitive data. Download the College's