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Data Security Levels
What is a Data Security Level (DSL)?
Harvard groups data into 5 data security levels depending on the sensitivity of the data. The DSL for data determines how that data must be managed.
DISCLAIMER: The information on this page relates only to the FASRC clusters and our current understanding of Harvard policy. Please refer to the Harvard Security Data Security Levels page for up-to-date university policies and information.
Cluster Data Security Level Ratings
PublicPublic information (Level 1/DSL1): The FASRC Cannon cluster is rated only for DSL 1 and DSL 2 data.
Low RiskLow Risk (Level 2/DSL2): The FASRC Cannon cluster is rated only for DSL 1 and DSL 2 data.
Medium RiskMedium Risk (Level 3/DSL3): Only the FASRC FASSE (FAS Secure Environment) cluster is rated for DSL3 data.
High RiskHigh Risk (Level 4/DSL4): For DSL4 projects, please contact FASRC for options. Each DSL4 project is custom-built and requires funding for dedicated secure resources and setup.
Extreme RiskExtreme Risk (Level 5/DSL5): FASRC has no systems rated for DSL5 data.
- Data Security Level Examples
- Research Data Management site
- Office of the Vice Provost for Research – DUA page
- Harvard Research Data Security Policy (HRDSP)
- HRDSP Order of Review Documentation
- Data Use Agreement Guidance
- Harvard DUA Policy
- Agreements-DUA Submission Guide
- Committee on the Use of Human Subjects – Investigator Manual
- Office of Regulatory Affairs and Research Compliance – Investigator Manual
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