Report an IT Security Incident

How to Report

Report actual or suspected IT security incidents as soon as possible so that work can begin to investigate and resolve them.

If the incident poses any immediate danger, call 911 to contact law enforcement authorities immediately.

Learn about reporting IT security incidents and how they are handled in this short video: Report an IT Security Incident Video.

What is an Incident?

An IT security incident is attempted or actual:

  • Unauthorized access, use, disclosure, modification, or destruction of information
  • Interference with information technology operation
  • Violation of explicit or implied acceptable use policy

Examples include:

  • Compromised user accounts
  • Computer system intrusion
  • Ransomware infection
  • 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
  • Interference with the intended use of IT resources

Why Report an Incident?

* IA is the liaison to the Office of Risk Management with respect to initiating claims under the cyber risk insurance coverage that Risk Management provides to U-M units.

For Unit IT Staff

See Responding to an IT Security Incident for incident-handling guidelines for U-M units, a quick reference guide, and an operating level agreement that describes the responsibilities of central offices. See also Incident Response Roles and Responsibilities.