Information Security for Research
The University of Hawaii has a rich culture of collaboration, openness and sharing that allows for the
free exchange of ideas and information. But that same culture of openness and sharing creates
an environment that allows cyber criminals and other malicious actors to easily gain access to vulnerable
computer and network resources, potentially exfiltrating research data, sensitive information and
other types of intellectual property. Research data is a valuable commodity to others outside of the
University's academic community and is often targeted for theft. Higher education institutions offer
target-rich environments with minimal security providing opportunities for computers and networks to be breached.
Data owners must be aware of the cyber risks and understand that higher education institutions are constantly
under cyber attack. Researchers and data owners must also implement sufficient security controls to protect their data
in accordance to appropriate security policies and regulations.
Additonally, many research projects are governed by federal, state, local and other regulations and requirements which are generally defined in the terms of the contract and/or grant.
Special Considerations for Sensitive Information & Human Subjects
Research-generated data is proprietary, intellectual property and should be protected appropriately. Each researcher should consider the
- Does my study/research project fall under the purview of the Institutional Review Board?
UH Institutional Review Board
- Am I using institutional data (data from an institutional information system such as ODS, Banner, Star)?
UH Data Governance Policy
- Does my study/research project use Human Subjects?
About UH Human Studies Program and UH IRB
- Does my study collect/use any of the following types of data:
Social Security Number, student education records, health-related information, other regulated information?
If yes, please see:
University of Hawaii Policies
Hawaii Revised Statutes
External Policies for Reference
Related External Resources