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Information Security Office

Senior Director and Chief Information Security Officer — Thomas Murphy 847-467-6422

It is the mission of the Information Security Office to enable the University to conduct its business in a secure manner while achieving regulatory compliance and providing the controlled sharing of data. It provides leadership and coordination in the development of policies, standards and access controls for the safe-guarding of University information assets; raises the University community's awareness of information security issues; promotes safe computing; and manages the disaster recovery and business continuing planning activities for Northwestern IT.

The Information Security Office established the Information and Systems Security/Compliance Program, a strategic approach to ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Northwestern University's information resources, and actively engages schools and departments in its implementation.

In addition, the Information Security Office established the Information Security Coordinator network, a cross-functional forum that assists in the coordination and performance of security-related activities; leads the Information Security Incident Response Team (IRT); conducts security awareness sessions for departments and schools; and is the coordinator for annual information security self-assessments.

Last Updated: 5 December 2017

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