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Temple U.’s New Information Security Policy Puts Data First

As the bring your own device era comes to the forefront, Temple University is looking to protect data, not specific devices. Temple IT officers are more concerned with the data that devices access so the new policy splits data into three categories: unrestricted (e.g. name and title), sensitive (e.g. home mailing address), and confidential (e.g. social security number). A set of protocols then ensures that the information is “accessed responsibly based on its classification.”


When Temple employees began asking which cloud services were appropriate to use, Larry Brandolph, chief information security officer, said “it became more of a conversation not about where to store data, but what type of data we can store where.” With the new data guidelines, people can look and see that Temple’s secure file transfer service, TUsafesend, is safe for information of all three categories, but that “they’re not supposed to send bank account information using Gmail.” They will also see

“The conversation has changed over the last couple of years,” Brandolph said. “Security used to be just the bottleneck. Now we’re trying to flip it and say, ‘Here’s how you can do it.’ ”

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Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable, Boston.com, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.