Information Classification Decision Tool


The Penn State Office of Information Security offers an Information Classification Decision Tool to help users determine the security level of the data in their care and how to protect that information depending on its classification level. To use the tool, users only need to visit the aforementioned website, and search for the type of information that they possess into the search bar; the tool will narrow down results based on the search criteria.

For those types of data that may not be included in the classification tool, OIS also provides a quick reference guide for each of the four levels of information classification:

University Policy AD95  also outlines the different information classification types and the security controls that users are required to utilize for each of them.

Getting Started: 

To get started, simply visit the Information Classification Decision Tool page and follow the direction prompts. 

More Information: 

Permitted Storage: Learn Which Types of Data May be Stored Where


This service is part of the Security and Privacy category.



  • This is an active service


  • Any current faculty, staff, student, or affiliate of Penn State with access to Penn State Data


Information Security: 


  • There is no cost to users for utilizing this service