Many Rice faculty and staff members work with students, with the public, and with other Rice employees in areas of high traffic. The risks of a data loss or compromise grows with the increase in number of people handling or in close proximity to the paper, files and equipment containing sensitive data.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and other sensitive information can be found both on paper and online. Some departments, based on their business processes, will be more likely to work with high volumes of confidential and sensitive data. Among departments that are likely to handle a high volume of PII or sensitive data, 12 groups also have the added complication of working in high traffic areas.
The most common college or university high traffic areas for personally identifiable and sensitive information include:
However, university business processes involving PII occur in every office and classroom at Rice. Anyone performing daily tasks that involve the following categories of sensitive data must be especially diligent in protecting Rice’s data.