OIS Initiatives

Current Initiatives

Classroom Upgrades

In 2015, the audio-visual equipment MBRB 2204, Bondurant 2035, MacNider 18 and 21 were updated. Work to upgrade the audio visual equipment in Bondurant G100 will begin in December 2015.

Directory Sharing between UNC and UNC Health Care

OIS is actively working with UNC and UNC Health Care to improve directory, calendar and file sharing between the University and UNC Health Care. Microsoft recently completed the requirements gathering phase of this process and presented their recommendations. These are currently being reviewed, before we move to design and implementation.

Ongoing IT Security Initiatives

The initiatives below are part of a continuous program of security measures to protect the School of Medicine network, devices and the data. For more information about these initiatives please visit the following pages:

Project SIR

The School of Medicine is committed to providing users with a secure computing environment. We take multi-tiered approach to protecting the network and use several tools:  Laptop Encryption, Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) and Network Access Controls (NAC), and the School of Medicine Firewall.

During the Fall 2015 we are asking you to understand what sensitive data resides on the local drives of your desktop or laptop device and to either move the data to central file storage or delete it from your local drives. Project SIR is a campus wide initiative, for more information please visit our help page

Risk Assessment

The School of Medicine completed a school-wide HIPAA Risk Assessment in September 2015. The results of the assessment were favorable. However, there are a number of recommendations that were made that need to be assessed and prioritized. 

School of Medicine Firewall

The School of Medicine needs to protect all School of Medicine computers from incoming unwanted internet traffic from both external and internal sources.  The School accomplished this by implementing a hardware Firewall to filter internet traffic for all School of Medicine devices.

The Firewall Project for all departmental networks is complete. Today the School of Medicine Firewall blocks approximately 30 million unwanted traffic requests per week. 

Windows 10 Configuration and Testing

OIS is in the process of testing Windows 10. If you have any questions about installing Windows 10 please contact your Departmental IT Technician or OIS Client Services.

Completed Initiatives

    Classroom Audio-Visual Upgrades

    In 2013 and 2014 OIS upgraded the audio-visual equipment in three heavily-used rooms, MacNider 321, Bondurant 2020 and Bioinformatics 1131 Theater. New projectors were also installed in 12 classrooms. The upgrades will not only provide a much improved in-class experience but also provide the ability to conduct video conferencing, and improve the quality of online lecture videos.

    Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)

    Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager gives OIS and other IT personnel within in the School of Medicine the ability to manage desktop computers more proactively. IT staff can provide reports that show which computers have out of date software, operating systems, security patches etc. and gives staff that support these devices the ability to update them quickly without having to go to each individual machine.

    School of Medicine Website Enhancements

    OIS is continuously working to improve the School of Medicine Website. Enhancements include:

    • A modern and clean design
    • Flexible design – site owners and designers will have a great deal more flexibility to customize the layout of their pages
    • Adaptable websites – the web pages can be accessed from multiple browsers
    • Responsive websites – the website has been optimized for all types of devices, desktop computers, high resolution screens, tablets, and smartphones

    For more information on this project please visit the School Of Medicine Web Guide page

    Windows XP End of Support/Upgrade to Windows 7

    On April 8, 2014, Microsoft ended all support for Windows XP. Continuing to use a Windows XP computer will create a security risk.

    As part of the Firewall Project most XP machines were upgraded or granted an exception if running scientific equipment. If you have a Windows XP machine connected to scientific equipment which cannot be upgraded or replaced please your Departmental IT Technician or OIS Client Services.