The Office of the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Information Services and Technology) is committed to delivering IT solutions across the university. To that end, we are currently involved in the following initiatives:
Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO) - Information Security Special Interest Group (SIG).
The University participated in the CUCCIO Information Security SIG - Joint Security Project. Participating Universities shared their Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) data to a collective national IPS database for six months to enable larger sample size analytics. This pilot project tests the hypothesis that more early/timely, powerful, and accurate threat detection can be achieved through data analytics involving large collective samples as opposed to each University attempting this individually. While this project is now completed, assessments and funding considerations will be made regarding how to evolve beyond this initial testing. The project was sponsored by CANARIE, who manages and develops components of digital research infrastructure for Canada's research, education and innovation communities (known as National Research and Education Networks - NRENs).
CUCCIO Information Security SIG - Benchmarking Project
The University is currently participating in the CUCCIO Security SIG - Benchmarking Project. Participating Universities use the security provider BitSight to conduct security scans to rate and rank security ratings in areas such as patch management timing, botnet infections, malware compromises, and more. BitSight scan reports provide information on what and where to remedy from security exposures in addition to benchmark analysis across the Canadian University sector.
Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS)
The Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS) is an open platform for business critical collaboration and document and record management for documents and related records.
Graduate Studies Management Solution (GSMS)
The VP-IST and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research have created a collaborative program to automate the business processes concerning the graduate student life cycles within the University of Alberta.
Partnering with Financial Services, the CISO Office co-chairs the working group tasked with developing and executing the University's plan to comply with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) regulatory standard. PCI is a financial sector regulatory standard requiring all credit card merchants (those processing credit card payments) to comply with information security and financial processes best practices.
Research Network Infrastructure Upgrade (RNIU)
The Research Network Infrastructure Upgrade (RNIU) is a program to support and modernize the university's networks thanks to funds awarded through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF).
SupplyNet is a campus wide, user-friendly eProcurement software solution run by Supply Management Services (SMS)