January 30, 2018
On February 5, 2018, U of T’s newly formed Information Security Council (ISC) will hold its first meeting.
Stemming from the Policy on Information Security and the Protection of Digital Assets and the recommendations from the Working Group on the Implementation of Information Risk Management Practice, the Council will ensure broad consultation in planning and decision-making processes as it relates to information security. “This Council is being created in direct response to the feedback we have received from the campus community,” said Scott Mabury, Vice-President, University Operations.
The ISC will do the following:
The co-chairs of the new Council will be the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Professor Ronald Deibert, Director of the Citizen Lab at Munk School of Global Affairs.
“The design of the ISC, with a nimble council that meets three times a year, supported by a series of working groups, will allow us to tap into the rich experience on campus and ensure everyone’s voice is heard,” said Deibert, who also served as co-chair of the original working group on the Implementation of Information Risk Management Practice at U of T.
The University is currently in the recruiting phase for the newly created Chief Information Security Officer role.
The ISC working groups, comprised of on-the-ground experts from across campus, will be focusing on the following areas:
Bo Wandschneider, CIO, says, “I am really excited to get this group off the ground.” Upon arrival, Wandschneider began making the rounds to understand needs and expectations regarding information security across U of T and solicit participation in the ISC and working groups, based on a list of nominations from the community. “It took a long time, but we had to get this right – there is a lot of work to do, and there is a lot of expertise around campus to help get it done.” said Wandschneider.
After the first meeting on February 5, 2018, the terms of reference and future materials from the Information Security Council will be accessible online. Given the nature of certain discussions, some in-camera notes may be recorded, but not made available publicly.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Bo Wandschneider, CIO
Information Technology Services
University of Toronto