The state universities will concentrate external device encryption efforts on administrative units that routinely deal with Level III sensitive data and recommend mitigation tools for other campus units.
The Regents are creating a Board-level IT policy for the three state universities. The high-level policy covers three areas: security, acceptable use, and technology accessibility.
Campus IT leaders made additional progress on strategic planning for OneIT at a February retreat.
All UI employees in an IT job classification will be assigned to complete a new SANS “Securing the Human” awareness training within the next six months. A “security aware” IT workforce is key to protecting institutional data and systems, as well as personal information. The fundamental guidance this training provides will be helpful as IT staff interact with the general workforce on campus.
OneIT Leaders kicked off the new year with a strategic planning session. Based on the success of an initial workshop in December, 30 campus IT leaders reunited for a deeper dive into discussion about future state.
Campus IT staff are invited to attend the OneIT Winter Luncheon on Monday, February 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge. The buffet luncheon will celebrate the new year and all of the collaboration and progress achieved in 2015.
We’re making great strides advancing the OneIT projects, which are key to achieving the goals of TIER. With the project work well underway, we have reached a point where we can start to think more strategically about future state—our long-term vision and strategic objectives, culture, structure of the organization, and how to get there. During a half-day workshop with Tippie College of Business faculty, university IT leaders began developing a unified vision for the future.
Great strides are being made in the OneIT initiatives, and it’s important to report our progress. The Board of Regents asked the CIOs of all three universities to agree upon a common set of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to measure progress in IT initiatives across all three campuses. Each university will report on: percentage of TIER activities complete, percentage of target savings achieved, and number of hours saved through efficiency efforts.
In addition to the three common metrics, each school identified a list of additional KPIs that are specific to that campus. Once finalized, the list will be shared on this website.
Since savings is one of the key elements we will be reporting, please remember to record cost savings/avoidance through the online system we have in place.
On Nov. 4, members of the OneIT project teams traveled to Cedar Falls for a retreat with their counterparts from Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa. They made progress in several areas, exchanging information about technology plans and strategies and discussing opportunities for collaboration. Going forward, they decided to continue meeting as a full group on an annual basis, and to convene the topical sub-groups as needed throughout the year.
IT professionals from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa will gather Nov. 4 at the UNI campus to exchange information on technology initiatives and discuss opportunities for collaboration. This is the third IT retreat held among the three schools; the first two were hosted at the UI and ISU. The chief information officers from each institution continue to hold weekly conference calls, all part of the broader TIER initiative to enhance collaboration across the schools.