Physical Security

1.0 Overview

Physical security requires that computer equipment and data be safeguarded in a way that minimizes the risk of theft, destruction and/or unauthorized disclosure.

2.0 Purpose

This policy is designed to lay out the steps that must be taken to physically secure computer equipment and data at Clarkson University.

3.0 Scope

This policy applies to all University officials[JAF1] .

4.0  Policy

Physical access to computer equipment and data must be limited to those who have a legitimate business need to have access.  This means that all non-public access computers will be kept behind locked doors at all times.  Public access terminals shall be secured using security cables and padlocks.  Computer cases that are capable of being locked shall always be locked.

Physical data shall be treated in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the Data Classification Policy.

Access to the Network Operation sCenter, the Tape Vault, the Networking Infrastructure, the Equipment Storage Room and Keys shall be governed by their respective Access Policies.

5.0 Enforcement

Failure to follow this policy will result in the offender(s) being subject to disciplinary action up to and including a formal written letter of corrective action.

6.0 Definitions

Computer Equipment – any desktop computer, server computer, terminal, or network communications equipment

Network Operations Center (NOC) – ERC220

Networking Infrastructure – All logical network communications equipment

Tape Vault – 2nd floor CAMP, near elevator[JAF2] 

Equipment Storage Room – 1st floor Science Center Lecture Wing[JAF3] , nearest to SC160

7.0 Revision History

Draft Policy – 19 April 2005 – jfiske

Draft Policy – 5 May 2005 – jfiske

Draft Policy – 2 February 2006 – jfiske

Draft Policy – 20 February 2006 – jfiske


 [JAF1]Officials is a term taken from FERPA section 99.7 which defines who is authorized to receive FERPA protected data.

 [JAF2]The tape vault does not have an assigned room number.

 [JAF3]The equipment storage room does not have an assigned room number.

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