Approved Date – 02/22/2021
Published Date – 02/22/2021
Revised Date – 05/25/2021
This policy establishes an effective and consistent approach for appropriately protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information assets per their importance to the Government of the District of Columbia (“District”) by laying down requirements for the ownership, categorization, acceptable use, and secure handling of information assets.
DC Official Code § 1-1401 et seq., provides the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (“OCTO”) with the authority to provide information technology (IT) services, write and enforce IT policies, and secure the network and IT systems for the District. This document can be found at: https://code.dccouncil.us/dc/council/code/sections/1-1402.html.
This policy applies to all District workforce members responsible for application identity and role definition on behalf of the District, and/or any District agency/District/entity who receive enterprise services from OCTO. In addition, this policy applies to any providers and third-party entities with access to District information, networks, and applications.
District-owned, leased, and/or managed IT resources shall serve the business needs of the District of Columbia.
4.1. Asset Acquisition
The acquisition of information assets for the District must be obtained per the District System and Services Acquisition Policy.
4.2. Asset Management
All District agencies shall allocate asset management responsibilities to designated resources responsible for the identification, verification, and recording of every information asset owned by the respective agency.
4.3. Asset Identification
Every information asset must have a tag that contains the identification information relevant to such an asset.
4.4. Inventory of Assets
Assets owned and associated with the District information and information processing facilities just be identified, and an inventory of these assets created and maintained.
4.5. Asset Security
Assets listed in the inventory must have their security regularly reviewed and maintained by the District Information Security Team. The security of the assets must include how such assets and information are secured while used remotely.
4.6. Security Categorization
All District information assets must be categorized based on the assessment of the potential impact that a loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability of such asset, and the information contained in it, would have on the District operations, workforce, clients, and partners.
4.7. Acceptable Use of Assets
The use of the District Information Assets must be per the District’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). The AUP stipulates the rules for the acceptable use of the District information, and the assets associated with such information.
4.8. Asset Issuance
Before a District-owned asset is issued to any District workforce member, an Asset Issuance Checklist must be completed, and the asset inventory record updated to reflect the current holder/owner of the asset. In addition, as assets are refreshed or rotate possession, that asset inventory record should be updated to reflect the current status.
4.9. Return of Asset
All District Workforce members must return issued assets in their possession upon their separation from the District.
4.10. Disposal of Asset
Every District-owned asset that has been retired and approved for disposal must be disposed of securely in a way that ensures that all District sensitive data are removed during or before the asset’s disposal.
Exceptions to this policy shall be requested in writing to the Agency’s CIO and the request will be escalated to the OCTO Chief Information Security Officer (“CISO”) for approval.
The definition of the terms used in this document can be found in the Policy Definitions website.