Security Incident

The ISU IT security team is responsible for safeguarding Iowa State information and assets from unauthorized disclosure, use, modification, or loss. The security team develops proactive technical and non-technical measures to help identify and prevent security risks, while providing an effective response in cases where those measures fail.

The Iowa State security team works with IT professionals and staff throughout the university as well as the ISU Office of University Counsel to help protect the privacy of members of the Iowa State community.

Handling a Security Incident

If you suspect an IT security incident has occurred, you should immediately:

  1. Power down or disconnect the computer from the campus network to isolate the problem from the campus network.
  2. Report the incident

For any questions or problems, contact the ISU IT Security team at or contact Your Solution Center.

Reporting Security Violations

Iowa State University also has a Compliance and Ethics Hotline to provide you with a simple, risk-free way to anonymously and confidentially report activities that may involve criminal, unethical, or otherwise inappropriate behavior in violation of the policies of Iowa State University and the Iowa Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

To anonymously and confidentially file a report:

Complete the ISU Compliance and Ethics Hotline Form or call 515-294-7119.

Understanding ISU IT Security Policy

Visit Information Technology Security Policy for information relating to IT security policies and standards at Iowa State University.