Data in Transit Policy
For Students, Faculty, Staff, Guests, Alumni
The purpose of this policy is to define how University data is electronically transmitted.
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.
- The requirements for transmitting Fordham Protected, Fordham Sensitive, or Public Data via email or other electronic methods are listed in the table below.
- The type of data dictates the method of transmission as per the Data Classification Guidelines.
Rules for transmitting Fordham Protected, Fordham Sensitive, or Public Data1
|Fordham Protected Data||Fordham Sensitive Data||Public Data|
Not permitted without express authorization or unless required by law.
Messages shall only be sent to authorized individuals with a legitimate need to know.
|No protection requirements|
|Electronic Transmission or Forwarding (e.g., LAN, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi)||
Secure, authenticated connections or secure protocols must be used for transmission of protected data via:
Data must be transmitted in either an encrypted file format or over a secure protocol or connection via:
|No protection requirements.|
1 The information included in this table is not comprehensive. Refer to other IT policies for details related to the topics mentioned.
Authentication is used when the server needs to identify who is accessing the information or site. Authentication does not determine what tasks the individual can do or what files the individual can view.
Authorization is a process by which a server determines if the individual has permission to use a resource or access a file. Authorization is usually coupled with authentication so the server can identify the individual requesting access.
Encryption involves the process of transforming data so that it is unreadable by anyone who does not have a decryption key. Encryption in transit means ensuring that all data sent over a network is encrypted.
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 related materials and services.
Related Policies and Procedures
- Acceptable Uses of IT Infrastructure and Resources
- Data Classification Guidelines
- Data Classification and Protection Policy
- Data at Rest Policy
- Third-Party Data Transfer Policy
|Responsible Person||Senior Director of IT Security and Assurance|
|Approval Date||May 22, 2018|
|1.0.1||05/22/2018||Updated disclaimer statement|
|1.3||12/22/2022||Added TLS sources reference footnote|
Policy Disclaimer Statement
Deviations from policies, procedures, or guidelines published and approved by Information Security and Assurance (ISA) may only be done cooperatively between ISA 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 ISA written policies may be met with University sanctions.