What are Data Stewards?

Posted March 20, 2019 by Academic and Institutional Technology
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What are Data Stewards?

Effective Date: March 19, 2019

According to our Data Classification Policy, “Data Stewards are the individuals, roles, or committees with primary responsibility for information assets. They are responsible for identifying the institution’s information assets under their areas of responsibility and maintaining an accurate and complete inventory for data classification and handling purposes.”

What this means is that they are making sure we identify information assets, label them appropriately, and keep them safe.  We have over twenty Data Stewards on campus and each year during the month of February they are responsible to verify that all of our data is being appropriately stored and labeled.  This means they are checking to see who has access to the data, whether employees or vendors.

February of 2019 was the first round of Data Steward responsibilities for Wheaton College and we are pleased to report that most Data Stewards fulfilled their responsibilities, so it was a success!

Many thanks to those who participated!  Feel free to read more about the Data Classification and Handling Procedure here.  Make sure you are familiar with this policy and are working diligently to protect your data.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Academic and Institutional Technology at 630.752.4357 (HELP) or by email at ait.service.desk@wheaton.edu