Data Classification

Information Resources (IR): the procedures, equipment, and software that are designed, employed, operated, and maintained to collect, record, process, store, retrieve, display, and transmit information or data.

Mission Critical Information – is information that is defined by the University or information resource owner to be essential to the continued performance of the mission of the University or department. Unavailability of such information would result in more than an inconvenience. An event causing the unavailability of mission critical information would result in consequences such as significant financial loss, institutional embarrassment, failure to comply with regulations or legal obligations, or closure of the University or department.

Confidential Information - Information that must be protected from unauthorized disclosure or public release based on state or federal law, (e.g. the Texas Public Information Act and other constitutional, statutory, judicial, and legal agreements). Examples of “Confidential” data may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Personally identifiable information, such as a name in combination with Social Security number (SSN) and/or financial account numbers,
  • Student education records,
  • Intellectual property, such as certain intellectual property as set forth in Section 51.914 of the Texas Education Code, and,
  • Medical Records

Sensitive data – an optional PVAMU or owner defined category. Sensitive data may be subject to disclosure or release under the Texas Public Information Act, however the University or owner has decided that the data should have the same or equivalent level of protection as confidential data. Examples of Sensitive data may include but are not limited to:

  • Operational information,
  • Personnel records,
  • Information security procedures,
  • Research, and,
  • Internal communications.

Public – information intended or required for public release as described in the Texas Public Information Act.

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