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Enabling the University to Conduct Its Business Securely

Information Security Office

The Information Security Office's (ISO) mission is to enable the University to conduct its business securely while achieving regulatory compliance, data security and privacy, and the associated identity and access management requirements. The office provides leadership and coordination in developing policies, standards, and access controls for the safeguarding of University information assets, raises the University community’s awareness of information security issues, promotes safe computing, provides contractual support, and develops strategies for authentication and authorization services.

The Information Security Office’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Directing IT security, policy, enterprise continuity, and identity and access management (IAM) strategy across the entire University
  • Proactively mitigating IT security risks in partnership with distributed IT across Northwestern
  • Implementing best-practice security, privacy, and IAM infrastructure and protocols
  • Taking a risk-based approach to securing Northwestern’s information assets that enable teaching, learning, and research
  • Providing guidance to the University community on IT security and compliance best practices to help individuals and departments protect University systems and data, as well as their own personal information

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Reporting Units

Identity and Access Management

The Identity and Access Management team provides identity and access services to people and systems, enabling identity-based authentication and authorization for information technology systems at Northwestern.

IT Contracts Office

(Provided University-Wide) In partnership with the Office of General Counsel, the IT Contracts staff consults with staff members across the University to help them negotiate and contract for information technology goods and services. 

Security Operations and Engineering

Information Security Operations and Engineering maintains a strategic approach to ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Northwestern’s information resources and actively engages schools and departments in implementation.