UNC Old Well and flowersThe division manages the University’s Information Security Office, the Institutional Privacy Office and Identity Management.


Division Service Areas


Information Security Office

The University’s Information Security Office oversees the security of the University’s electronic information. The Information Security Office is responsible for coordinating and ensuring that information security across the University is consistent with industry best practices and the University’s compliance obligations. To meet these objectives, the Information Security Office develops information security policies and oversees the implementation of strategic information security initiatives for the University.

Institutional Privacy Office

The Institutional Privacy Office respects the integrity of the individual by safeguarding information and providing guidance on privacy-related matters affecting the UNC-Chapel Hill community.

The mission of the Institutional Privacy Office is to monitor compliance with federal and state privacy regulations, as well as general industry privacy standards for restricted or sensitive information collected, used, retained by the University. This office provides the centralized oversight and compliance relating to applicable laws, regulations and policies that govern privacy related activities for the University. The Institutional Privacy Office is committed to University outreach including University training and assisting members of the community in conducting their activities to the highest level of integrity, confidentiality and professionalism.

Identity Management

Identity Management (IdM) identifies individuals within an enterprise or group and defines and controls the access they have to information and resources within a computer network based on their roles and circumstances.

The IdM group manages services related to identity, including Onyen accounts and the UNC-Chapel Hill Enterprise Directory. IdM provides authentication and authorization services via the Onyen to faculty, staff and students at UNC-Chapel Hill to control access to applications and services provided by ITS and other IT organizations within the University.

IdM has the responsibility to produce and implement a next-generation identity management strategy for UNC-Chapel Hill.

Our Team

Dennis Schmidt
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Security & Privacy and Chief Information Security Officer
919-843-7611
Dennis_Schmidt@unc.edu