Maintaining the safety of your personal information, the integrity of NYU's network and data, and minimizing cybersecurity risk overall, requires your partnership and participation. NYU is entrusted with a large amount of sensitive data, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, student data, and financial data. There are laws and regulations that restrict the use of this type of data, with significant legal and monetary penalties for exposure to unauthorized parties. NYU IT has developed cybersecurity standards and processes to help you protect the data that is in your care.

For information about classifying data and system risk, refer to the Electronic Data and System Risk Classification Policy. For questions regarding its contents, please contact    

Regardless of the sensitive nature of the data you are storing, every computer accessing NYU's network and data, including laptops and home computers, should comply with the Basic System Security Standard, which requires system to have:

  • A strong administrator password
  • The latest operating system and application security updates
  • Antivirus and anti-spyware software installed and up-to-date
  • An activated firewall