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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.

Additionally, 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.

Federal Regulations

Special Considerations for Sensitive Information & Human Subjects

Research-generated data is proprietary, intellectual property and should be protected appropriately. Each researcher should consider the following questions:

University of Hawaii Policies

Hawaii Revised Statutes

External Policies for Reference

Related External Resources