About Information Assurance

Mission Statement

IA's mission is to direct university-wide information IT security, IT policy, compliance, privacy, enterprise continuity, and identity and access management (IAM) efforts, as well as provide operational security and IAM services that enable the university to excel in its research, teaching, and patient care mission.

Information Assurance (IA) oversees the big picture view of information technology (IT) security and identity and access management at the University of Michigan. We work to proactively mitigate IT security risks in partnership with U-M's three campuses (Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn) and Michigan Medicine. IA's staff help to enable teaching, learning, research, and healthcare in a large open environment through balancing risk in a perilous world. We collaborate with individual University of Michigan units to develop a university-wide security strategy and to implement best practice security efforts.

Other primary IA activities include:

  • Facilitating campus-wide IT security incident response activities
  • Providing security services such as security assessments and consultation, network scans, education and training
  • Managing IT security issues at the university level
  • Providing identity and access management services such as uniqnames and UMICH (Level-1) passwords, two-factor authentication, MCommunity, and more

For information about IA governance, see Information and Infrastructure Assurance Domain on the Office of the CIO website.

Sol Bermann (CIPP) is the University of Michigan Interim Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). For information about IA leaders and their roles, see Information Assurance Leadership Staff.