Evaluating IT environments for controls and processes to assess compliance with security best practices and Columbia University policies and standards.
Evaluating security controls and processes of IT environments and IT assets to assess alignment with Columbia University’s ITRM (Information Technology Risk Management) framework.
Review of central (CUIT managed) system/application controls to assess compliance with security best practices and Columbia University policies and standards.
Review of decentralized (Columbia's School and departmental) systems and applications containing sensitive data to assess compliance with security best practices and Columbia University policies and standards.
Providing security control recommendations during project lifecycle and Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
Evaluation of external vendor's overall security posture to assess alignment with Columbia University policies.
Tracking remediation plans and efforts for resolution/mitigation of identified control gaps from assessment results.
The University’s “Information Security Risk Management Policy” establishes the Information Security Risk Management Program to perform risk analyses of information resources that store or process University data. The Information Security Risk Management Program is charged with ensuring that the University is operating at an acceptable level of risk with regards to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of its information resources.
An important part of the Risk Management program is the risk assessment process. This includes registering the following systems in compliance with Columbia University's Registration and Protection of Systems Policy:
All Systems, including CUIMC Systems, that process, transmit and/or store EPHI/PHI Data must be registered with the CUIMC Information Security Office. All Systems that process, transmit and/or store non-EPHI/PHI Sensitive Data and/or Confidential Data must be registered with the CU Information Security Office. Registration will be carried out in accordance with the procedures established by each such Office.
The Columbia University’s Data Classification Policy defines sensitive data as: any information protected by federal, state or local laws and regulations or industry standards, such as HIPAA, HITECH, the New York State Information Security Breach and Notification Act, similar state laws and PCI-DSS, including but not limited to Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Protected Health Information (PHI).
Currently the above systems need to be registered in the risk assessment application, RSAM.
Please see our FAQ for any questions you may have, or if you have having trouble with RSAM, review our RSAM User Guides. If you have any other questions about the program at all, please email us at [email protected].
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