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Information Security Incident Response Policy

Version 1.1


This policy defines the responsibilities of all members of the University community when responding to or reporting information security incidents.


This IT policy, and all policies referenced herein, shall apply to all members of the University community including faculty, students, administrative officials, staff, alumni, authorized guests, delegates, and independent contractors (the “User(s)” or “you”) who use, access, or otherwise employ, locally or remotely, the University’s IT Resources, whether individually controlled, shared, stand-alone, or networked.

Policy Statement

  • Any individual who suspects that a theft, breach, or exposure of Fordham Protected data or Fordham Sensitive data has occurred must immediately provide a description of what happened to the University Information Security Office (UISO) via email sent to
  • The Cyber Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), per the Cyber Security Incident Response Plan (CSIRP), handles the incident response process.
  • All members of the CSIRT must participate in the Testing, Training, & Exercise (TT&E) program is to sustain and refine the University’s ability to handle Incidents following the best practices outlined in NIST Special Publication 800-84.


An incident is an occurrence that actually or potentially jeopardizes the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of an information system or the information the system processes, stores, or transmits or that constitutes a violation or imminent threat of violation of security policies, security procedures, or acceptable use policies.  

IT Resources include computing, networking, communications, application, and telecommunications systems, infrastructure, hardware, software, data, databases, personnel, procedures, physical facilities, cloud-based vendors, Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors, and any related materials and services.

Related Policies and Procedures

Implementation Information

Review Frequency: Annual
Responsible Person: Director, IT Security
Approved By: CISO
Approval Date: January 6, 2020

Revision History

Version: Date: Description:
1.0 01/06/2020 Initial document
1.1 01/27/2021 Updated policy statement

Policy Disclaimer Statement

Deviations from policies, procedures, or guidelines published and approved by the University Information Security Office (UISO) may only be done cooperatively between the UISO and the requesting entity with sufficient time to allow for appropriate risk analysis, documentation, and possible presentation to authorized University representatives. Failure to adhere to UISO written policies may be met with University sanctions.