At Texas A&M, state law requires us to perform annual risk assessments for all IT resources (laptops, servers, applications, etc.). Usually this assessment is performed by professional IT staff for your unit, but in some cases it must be completed by individuals who manage or have admin rights on an IT resource.

Per state and university requirements, annual IT risk assessments are performed to help measure the level of compliance with university IT policies (rules, SAPs, security controls). The results show areas where improvement will raise the baseline security posture for the entire university.

Staff and faculty who manage their own IT resources (e.g., a faculty-managed server) and/or have administrative rights on a computer are required to perform an IT risk assessment each year.

Assessment Instructions

1. Identify which assessment(s) you are required to complete.

  1. Elevated Privileges Assessment - individuals that have elevated privileges (e.g. local admin on your Windows desktop) on an IT resource that is also managed by unit IT staff.
  2. Solely-Managed IT Resources
    1. Application Assessment (NEW) - individuals that are solely responsible for managing moderate or high impact networked applications used for university business and/or store university data.
      If you are not sure what the application's impact level is, use the impact level calculator.
    2. End-User Device Assessment - individuals that are solely responsible for managing end-user devices (e.g., desktop, laptop, tablet, etc.). Devices with different operating systems (Windows, macOS) must be assessed separately.
    3. Server Assessment - individuals that are solely responsible for managing physical and/or virtual servers, including IT resources that perform server functions (e.g., web server, file server, etc). Physical and virtual servers should be assessed separately.

Your unit IT staff can help you determine which assessment(s) you need to complete.

A single assessment may be completed for a group of IT resources that are managed the same way.

2. (Optional) Review help documentation before beginning the assessment.

These help documents provide a roadmap for the assessment: the questions, answer choices, and additional information to help you complete the assessment quickly. Logic has been applied in some cases to reduce the number of questions that must be answered for your specific IT resource.

Typically, an assessment can be completed directly in the Google Form. If you want to see an overview of all possible questions before you begin, use the links below:

  1. Elevated Privileges Assessment Help
  2. Solely-Managed IT Resources
    1. Application Help
    2. End-User Device Assessment Help
    3. Server Assessment Help

3. Once you are ready to complete the assessment, click the appropriate link to access the Google Form.

The Google Form should be completed all at once. You cannot save your information and come back later to complete. The Google Form requires you to complete the current section before moving to the next.

The assessments are split up into main sections. Section 1 is used to gather general information and the assessment questions start in the next section. Your answers for some questions will determine the questions in the next section; this is done to skip questions that do not apply to your IT resource.

Each question in the assessment relates to a security control which must be followed by anyone that manages an IT resource. When possible, a link directly to the university requirement that prompted each question has been provided. All questions are required to be answered.

  1. Elevated Privileges Assessment Form
  2. Solely-Managed IT Resources
    1. Application Assessment Form
    2. End-User Device Assessment Form
    3. Server Assessment Form

4. Complete the assessment and click "Submit."

After you click Submit, a confirmation message will appear, and your responses will be sent to the email address you provided at the beginning of the assessment.