Information Security

Everyone at Harvard has a responsibility for the proper handling and protection of confidential information that's entrusted to or generated by us as required by University and local School security policies. 

The Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) is committed to protecting the information that is critical to teaching, research, and the University’s many varied activities, our business operation, and the communities we support, including students, faculty, staff members, and the public. These protections may be governed by legal, contractual, or University policy considerations.

HGSE is equally committed to preserving an environment that encourages academic and research collaboration through the responsible use of information technology resources. Find out about Harvard’s research mission and the information security policies that protect research information.

To learn about protections for your data, start by viewing the University's data classification guide and policy (applied consistently across administrative and research data) and the Policy Statements that apply to everyone, regardless of role. Once you know the classification level of your data, review the related Requirements.

For basic security-related questions or to find out more about information security services at HGSE and Harvard, please contact HGSE's Director of Security Operations (DSO) through the IT Service Center. For more in-depth 1x1 or group (team, department, etc.) security consultations and awareness training needs, you're encouraged to schedule some time with the DSO: