Information Security Breach Response Policy

Version 1.3

For Students, Faculty, Staff, Guests, Alumni


The purpose of this policy is to provide a method of reporting suspected theft, breach, or exposure of Fordham Protected Data or Fordham Sensitive Data (including unauthorized access, use, or disclosure) to the appropriate departments. 


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

  • Information Security and Assuranceconvenes the Cyber Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) as necessary, per the Cyber Security Incident Response Plan (CSIRP), to investigate the suspected information security breach.
  • Information Security and Assurance notifies the Office of Legal Counsel or Public Safety of breach notifications as required by the University’s statutory, regulatory, legal, contractual, and policy obligations.


Cyber Security Breach is any incident that results in unauthorized access to computer data, applications, networks, or devices. A data breach is a security violation (e.g., unintentional information disclosure, data leak, information leakage, data spill) in which sensitive, protected, or confidential data is copied, transmitted, viewed, stolen, or used by an unauthorized individual. 

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

Implementation Information

Review Frequency: Triennial 
Responsible Person: Senior Director of IT Security Operations and Assurance 
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 purpose statement
1.2 11/18/2021 Updated definitions
1.3 05/11/2022 Updated links

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. 

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