Standard for Information Security Related to Employees

I.  Purpose

Information security should be built into the entire Human Resources (HR) process from pre-employment, during employment and through termination. Consistent management and training throughout the entire process ensures that employees and contractors are fully aware of their roles and responsibilities and that they understand the criticality of their actions in protecting and securing university information resources.   

II.  Scope

This standard is applicable to UNC Charlotte personnel with human resource or management responsibilities as well as to all employees of the university including contracted personnel and other authorized users of sensitive university data.

III.  Contacts

Direct any general questions about this standard to your unit’s Information Security Liaison. If you have specific questions, please contact ITS Information Security Compliance at ISCompliance-group@uncc.edu.

IV.  Standard

Employees, including contracted personnel and other authorized users of sensitive university data, must have the appropriate skills and knowledge to perform their job duties and be aware of their responsibilities for protecting university information resources.  In addition, the employee’s access should be appropriate to the position they hold during their active employment. 

Prior to Employment

Job descriptions should clearly define security roles and responsibilities aligned with UNC Charlotte policies, standards, and guidelines.  Employees and contractors should understand their responsibilities and be qualified and suitable for the roles for which they are considered.

Screening

Qualifications and references should be carefully reviewed and background checks conducted.

Terms and conditions of employment

Contractual agreements with employees and contractors should state responsibilities for information security.

During Employment

Employees and contractors should be aware of and fulfil their information security responsibilities.

Employee orientation

All new employees should participate in new employee orientation workshops in which they should be made aware of University Policy 311 Information Security and supporting Standards and Guidelines and where they should be encouraged to take the Security Awareness Training, available to all employees. 

Management responsibilities

All managers and supervisors should be expected to know the information security responsibilities of their employees and ensure they have the knowledge and training to protect university information with measures such as:

  • Ensuring employees who handle sensitive university information have taken the Security Awareness Training
  • Ensuring employees are familiar with UNC Charlotte Policy 311 Information Security and supporting Standards and Guidelines
  • Having employees sign a university confidentiality statement in Banner Self Service
  • Ensuring employees know how to report a security incident (see Standard for Managing Information Security Incidents)

Termination and Change of Employment

Protection of university information resources should be an integral part of any process for changing or terminating employment. The employee’s supervisor should ensure Human Resources receives information needed to initiate this process in a timely manner.

Related Resources

ISO/IEC 27002 was adopted by The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2012. All standards and guidelines are based on this code of practice for Information Security Management.

Revision History

Initial Draft   7/10/15
Information Assurance Committee Approval   7/23/15