Architecture, Integration & Security

Architecture, Integration and Security (AIS) coordinates the University's technical architecture, IT standards, compliance, security, and identity and access management. 

AIS works with the University community in several ways. We assist staff in making decisions that are aligned with the strategic platforms and initiatives of the University. We also help departments problem-solve and introduce them to new tools. AIS maintains extensive external professional networks, to follow or lead the development of standards, tools, and practices of relevance to the University.

AIS consists of several groups whose core functions are below:

Architecture

Lead processes to maintain technology standards and best practices, review designs for new systems and services, and consult with developers, technical leads, and project leads to help ensure that UChicago's IT systems are designed, operated, and monitored as intended.

We also provide the IT Ecosystem, a tool for visualizing and reporting on dependencies among the various elements of our IT systems.

A component of the architecture process is the data architecture. This practice deals with data, its components, the relationship between various data elements, and the principles and guidelines governing the use, distribution, and maintenance of those data elements.

Identity Management

Identity Management identifies people associated with UChicago, provides and tracks identifiers by which they are referenced in University management systems, and manages user credentials (user accounts and ID cards) and the access privileges associated with them.

IT Security and Compliance

IT Security and Compliance monitors and handles IT security incidents; manages risk in accordance with applicable regulations, University policies, and best practices; assesses security and compliance aspects of IT products and services being considered for purchase; and is a point of contact for IT security and abuse issues.