Report an Incident

An Information Security Incident is a violation or imminent threat of violation of computer security guidelines, acceptable use guidelines, or University computer security practices. Incidents that should be reported include, but are not limited to:

  • Attempts (either failed or successful) to gain unauthorized access to a system or its data;
  • Theft or other loss of a laptop, desktop, PDA, removable media, or other device that contains University information, whether or not such device is owned by the University;
  • Unwanted disruption or denial of service;
  • Unauthorized use of a system for processing or storing data;
  • Changes to system hardware, firmware, or software characteristics without the owner's knowledge, instruction or consent;
  • OR, a Non-electronic Information Security Incident: real or suspected theft, loss or other inappropriate access of physical content, such as printed documents and files.

Employee Responsibilities (Incident Response)
It is the responsibility of the employee who discovers a security incident to immediately notify his or her supervisor and to report the incident to the Information Security Office. Timely reporting allows the Information Security team to determine if further investigation is necessary, and limits any further damage or loss of data.

General Practices: A Reported Incident

  1. The individual reporting the incident should expect inquiries from the Information Security Office.
  2. The Information Security Office will update the reporting individual with any specific incident information or procedures pertaining to the incident.
  3. The reporting individual should understand that the incident is being assessed and any information pertaining to the incident is confidential and should not be shared.

If you have an issue regarding anyone's physical safety, please contact the Department of Public Safety first. If it's an emergency, dial 6911 from any campus phone, or 401.232.6911 from any cellphone or off-campus phone.

Contact the Information Security Office at:
On campus phone dial: 6505 (Rich Siedzik) or 6345 (Penny Pietraszka)
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For emergency after-hours notification: (401) 232-6999