Sponsored Projects Collection Data Security
Releasing Data Outside the University
Be cautious about releasing Sponsored Projects data outside the University.
If you do not customarily release data outside Penn, and you receive a
request for data to be sent outside the University, contact the Office
of Research Services (573-6705) or Institutional Research (898-5897).
Keep a Log
You might want to keep a log of the reports you create, even if you are
giving it to someone within the University. The log might include:
- Who requested the data.
- When they made the request.
- What data they requested.
- Why they requested the data/how they planned to use it.
- What query and/or report you used.
Releasing Data Within the University
Within the University, Sponsored Projects data may be disclosed only if
it is needed to do the business of the University, and only to those who
need to know the information in order to do their jobs. If you are not
sure whether to fulfill a request for Sponsored Projects data, call the
Office of Research Services (573-6705).
Questions you shoud ask to help decide whether to fulfill a request for
Sponsored Projects data:
- Who wants the information?
- Why do they want the information?
- For what purpose will the information be used?
- If they pass the information on to someone else, for what purpose
will that person use it? Note: Usually, the data should be for
the requestor's use only. No data should be posted in a public place
including the World Wide Web.
- How will they secure the information once they have it?
- How will they dispose of the information when they are done with it?
For example, hard copy reports should be shredded.
Query Results. If you save your query results in Excel, pdf, or any other local file type, you must see to it that any sensitive data stored on your
peronal computer is safeguarded through physical security, access control
software, or encryption.
- Examples of physical security are locked offices and locked keyboards.
- Examples of access control software are a screen saver with password
protection (which your computer has been set up to initiate at startup)
or specialized desktop security software.
- If you encrypt your query results, you will need to decrypt them before
accessing them with Business Objects.
When a computer is left signed to an account, it is easy for someone to
gain unauthorized access. Either sign off from your account before you
leave your computer or restrict access by some other means (physical security
or access control software).
For more information on security and privacy, contact
the University Information Security Officer.