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Ohio University moves forward with blueprint for building a world class IT organization

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 22, 2006) -- Ohio University continues to move forward with its 20-point blueprint for building a world-class information technology organization. 

Firewalls are in place for all critical central systems and the university has begun the installation of a perimeter firewall.  Once active, this will provide protection for those servers, personal computers and other devices on the campus network that are not behind the university's data center firewalls.  Testing will begin in the next few weeks. 

Ohio University also is taking a proactive approach to protecting Social Security numbers on campus.  The university recently removed Social Security numbers from its class attendance tracking system, computer lab check-ins and VARK (Visual, Aural, Read/write, Kinesthetic) Learning Styles Survey.  SSN encryption has been added to the Student Health Services database and the Alumni Association's transaction system.

The search for a new chief information officer continues on schedule. Finalists will travel to campus for interviews in October. The interview process will include an open forum with members of the university community. The goal is to name a new CIO by the end of October.

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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