Information Security

Both international governments and business competitors work very hard to gather information from U.S. persons to close research gaps or to gain the competitive advantage.  KU faculty and staff may possess or have access to information that is highly sought after by these entities, including:

  • Research, development of emerging technologies 
  • Testing and evaluation procedures
  • Program milestones and specifications
  • System capabilities
  • Organization’s personnel and expertise
  • Security operations concerning contracts and research facilities

Information security is the system of policies, procedures, and requirements established by federal, state, and Board of Regents policies and regulations to protect information from unauthorized disclosure.  Unauthorized disclosure could cause damage to national security, the state, the university, or the reputation of individuals..  All faculty, staff and students have a responsibility to protect information that they are entrusted with that have protections or handling instructions designated by contract or other state and/or federal requirements.

Steps in safeguarding information

  • Control access to information based on “need to know”
  • Account for sensitive information by using an inventory system
  • Apply sound Information Assurance and Information Technology security procedures
  • Store and file information in locked files or rooms
  • Identify and understand your vulnerabilities
  • Use only authorized and accredited computers for the processing of sensitive information or information requiring protection

Types of Information Needing Protection

  • Export Controlled Information
  • Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)
  • Intellectual Property
  • Proprietary Information
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Personal Identifying Information (PII)
  • Sensitive test data and research
  • U.S. Scientific & Technological Information
  • Credit Card Information
  • New Product Information
  • Financial Data
  • Process Information
  • Technical Information
  • Classified Information

GO&S staff can assist in evaluating Information Security needs and establishing necessary measure to comply with contractual and governmental regulatory requirements.

If you need assistance on export compliance related topics, KU faculty, staff, and students can also receive assistance by sending a message to,  by calling one of the staff members, or submitting the webform at this link Export / Security Analysis or Assistance.


Global Operations & Security Staff

National Industrial Security Staff

Office of Global Operations & Security
2029 Becker Dr., Room 139
Lawrence, KS 66047 | 785-864-1859

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