University of California, Riverside


Investigator Summary List

List of Important Steps to Secure Sensitive Research Data

Classify your Data

Does your research involve Personal Protected Data, Health Information, Student Information, or other Sensitive Data?

  • Personal Protected Data
    • Social security number AND/OR
    • Driver's license number AND/OR
    • Financial account or credit card number in combination with any password that would permit access to the individual's account
  • Medical information (added to the definition of personal protected data in 2007)
    • Health Information
    • If working with health information, are you acting solely in the capacity of a researcher?
  • Are you working with Student Information?

If your research involves or will involve data that must be secured, keep the following in mind:

  • Where is the data stored? Is it on a portable device such as a PDA, or laptop?
  • Who has access? Did they successfully pass a background check?
  • Do you have adequate Technical Staff to ensure the system is maintained?
  • Is the data/server technologically safeguarded? Can the data be accessed from the network? Is there a firewall?
  • Is the server/system that houses the data physically safe?
  • Are regular back ups of the data conducted? How is the back up stored? Is it secured?

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Computing & Communications
Computing & Communications Bldg.

Tel: (951) 827-4741
Fax: (951) 827-4541