Informatics Research Seminar: IT Security in a Decentralized Environment

October 3 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Dennis Schmidt, MS, CISSP
Presented from UNC-CH

Broadcast Link: Seminar



IT operations in most medical schools and universities are highly decentralized.  Many smaller departmental IT groups operate somewhat independently from central school or campus IT organizations.  Adequately protecting sensitive information in that environment can be very challenging.  This presentation will give an overview of the challenges that IT Security staff face in a decentralized environment and some of the solutions they have come up with to meet those challenges.


Dennis Schmidt has been the Director of the Office of Information Systems (OIS) at the University of North Carolina, School of Medicine since 1997.  He is also the School of Medicine’s HIPAA Security Officer.  Dennis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a MS in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, Mr. Schmidt is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional(CISSP).  Dennis is a retired naval officer with 24 years of service as a pilot of the P-3COrion antisubmarine warfare aircraft.