Center for Information Technology Services
IT Security at the University of Maryland
IT Security Strategy
UM has seven schools and three large affiliated healthcare operations connected to a common network infrastructure. Separate IT groups fulfill the needs of each organization, school or unit. Federal regulations, mounting computer security threats, and a growing number of users who work across organizational boundaries have compelled collaborative security efforts. CITS has coordinated computer support among four help desk centers. Help desk data indicates that practices in one organization frequently lead to computer problems in another. As a result UM has improved cross-organization communication among network managers, technical directors and CIOs. This has led to common security solutions. Common security practices are codified into policies and procedures that can be applied equally across all organizations.