What is an information security incident?

Report an Information Security Incident

In addition to clicking on the above button to report an information security incident, you may also report your information security incident by phone at (207) 786-8222 or by email at helpdesk@bates.edu. If reporting after 5:00 pm please contact: Security and Campus Safety at (207) 786-6254.

An information security incident is attempted or actual:

  • Unauthorized access, use, disclosure, modification, or destruction of information
  • Interference with information technology operation
  • Violation of campus policy, laws or regulations

Examples of information security incidents include:

  • Computer system intrusion
  • Unauthorized access to, or use of, systems, software, or data
  • Unauthorized changes to systems, software, or data
  • Loss or theft of equipment used to store or work with sensitive university data
  • Denial of service attack
  • Compromised user accounts

Sensitive information is defined in the Bates Data Classification Standard and includes personally identifiable information that is protected by laws and regulations, such as:

  • Social security number
  • Credit card number
  • Driver’s license number
  • Student records – FERPA protected data
  • Protected health information (PHI)
  • Payment Card information
Report an Information Security Incident