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Secure Network Attached Storage, also known as Secure NAS or SecNAS, is a file storage solution for sensitive information. Sensitive information, as defined on, is “Privileged or proprietary information which, if compromised through alteration, corruption, loss, misuse, or unauthorized disclosure, could cause serious harm to the organization owning it.”

What is included in sensitive information?

Sensitive, University-related information includes all information, in its original and duplicate form, which contains:

  • Note: SecNAS should NOT be used to store merchant-related payment card information, as defined by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security StandardQuestions regarding storage of payment card information should be directed to the University committee charged with governing payment card activities, CERTIFI  (Compliant Electronic Receipt Transactions throughInnovation and Financial Integrity).

Sensitive information also includes any information that is protected by University policy from unauthorized access such as research information, public safety information, financial donor information, system access passwords, information security records, and information encryption keys.

Specific examples of sensitive information include but are not limited to:

  • Social Security numbers
  • Passport numbers
  • Health information that can be used to identify an individual
  • Drivers’ License numbers

Who has access and should use Secure NAS?

Secure NAS is available for use by faculty, staff, interns, work study students, student assistants, researchers, as well as temporary and contract employees of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More information about departmental storage space allocation is available at

Responsibility of ITS

ITS along with departmental IT staff will manage individual data access controls including specialized security groups and their memberships designed to meet the requirements of the campus Information Security Policy.

For audit purposes, ITS will also manage the file system access control lists and will track approvals, access control changes, and upon request by departmental leadership, user file access history.

Responsibility of User

Users can begin storing documents on Secure NAS effective May 2014. For step-by-step instructions on how to connect to Secure NAS please visit the ITS help page. For assistance with how to save sensitive information, please contact your departmental IT staff or 919-962-HELP.

Departmental technical support staff should review this document regarding workstation protections that must be in place before a workstation connects to Secure NAS.

ITS is proud to offer this new storage solution for securely storing sensitive, University-related information.