June 13, 2003
Task force will study security of campus data, networks
President Gregory Geoffroy has appointed an information technology security
task force. The group's assignment is to improve the security of the
university's information technology -- the computing systems that perform
instructional, research, communication and daily business functions at Iowa
State -- by evaluating current policies and making recommendations for
changes. The task force will seek feedback on proposed changes from the
university community, including Faculty Senate, P&S Council, Government
of the Student Body and other constituencies affected by the policies.
Geoffroy said he created the task force to reduce the risk of potential
damage to people, programs and the university's reputation caused by
unauthorized access to data, disruption of service and other negative
factors. Iowa State's increased attention to information security also is
driven by state and federal Homeland Security standards.
The task force is co-chaired by Dorothy Lewis, director of Academic
Information Technologies (AIT) through this month, and Maury Hope, director
of Administrative Information Systems (ADP). Other members are Peter Englin,
dean of students; Doug Jacobson, associate professor of electrical and
computer engineering; Kathy Jones, registrar; John Kingland, director of
Telecommunications; and Ellen Rasmussen, assistant provost.
Phase I of the task force's responsibility is to evaluate and recommend
policies related to the security of central information technology services
(those administered by ADP, AIT and Telecommunications), and where
necessary, the extension of these policies to the colleges and departments.
Phase 2 will include the review and development of security policies
applicable to systems and data throughout campus.
Two Web sites are being developed to keep the university community informed
on policies and education. Policy information will be available at
http://www.iastate.edu/computing/policies. Information on security
education and awareness will be available at
Ames, Iowa 50011, (515) 294-4111
Published by: University Relations,
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