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Welcome to the Office of Information Security

Our Mission:  

  • To facilitate the education of students in a secure manner. 
  • To enable the faculty to deliver quality education and conduct research in a secure manner. 
  • To ensure staff can serve the University mission and their department functions in a secure manner. 
  • To defend the institutions data, systems, and networks from misuse, damage and loss.
OIS News

On Oct. 15th 2015 UNC will be shifting to a more secure password(passphrase) implementation.  This will allow faculty and staff to retain their password for 180 days instead of the current 90 days.  When your password would normally expire you will need to use the new password standard which is a minimum of 12 characters that must include a mix of these four character types: upper case, lower case, numeral and special character.  Please refer to our password security guide for examples.


National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Tip No. 1


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Malware infections can be spread by USB drives. In a recent survey, 8 percent of people said that their latest malware infection came from a friend's or coworker's USB drive.

Malware will often try to spread by compromising a legitimate file such as a presentation or report and copy itself to a new computer or device when opened. Regularly scan your USB drive and files with a trusted anti-malware program. Don't plug in any USB device that is unknown to you. Occasionally check to make sure that no unknown USB devices are connected to your computing systems.