Security & Access

Harvard University 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.

Harvard Medical School Information Security works with the Harvard Longwood Medical Area IRB and HMS Sponsored Programs in order to review security requirements from Harvard University's Information Security Policy, applicable state and federal regulations, and contractual agreements.

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Please visit the HMS Information Security website for more details about information security. Questions about HMS information security can be sent to:

Research involves increasingly complex arrangements for the storage and transmission of research data. Robust data privacy and security planning is necessary to protect the privacy of research subjects and to secure sensitive, personally identifiable information. Harvard Catalyst provides a Data Privacy and Security Checklist and planning tool for use by investigators as they think through their research and prepare an IRB application. Please visit the Harvard Catalyst website for more details.

Last Updated: 2020-06-09