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Working securely: the Information & Digital Group

“We aim to be the most digitally enabled university in the UK and to be seen as a global trailblazer when it comes to digital teaching and learning."

The background

In April this year, Tony Pauley was appointed as Warwick’s first Chief Information & Digital Officer, with a brief to execute the ICO Action Plan, to lead the Security and Information Management change programme and to enable Digital Transformation at Warwick in line with the University's 2030 Strategy.

Coinciding with other changes to existing Professional Services structures, this resulted in the creation of the Information & Digital Group (IDG).

The IDG brings together IT Services, the Library, Strategic Planning and Analytics (SPA), the SPI team and the Information Security and Management teams - with the exception of the team supporting the Data Protection Officer, Rachel Gower and her Legal and Compliance Services team. You can see the Group structure here.

The plan

The IDG teams will be focused to deliver on the CIDO’s original brief and to achieve the University’s 2030 vision. This requires a significant programme of work – which is broken down into three overlapping phases:

  • Stabilisation

Ensuring we are managing and reducing security, compliance and operational risks.

  • Foundation building 

Establishing the groundwork to deliver operational mobility, integration, standardisation and efficiency.

  • Transformation

Enabling a ‘Digital campus’ to optimise digital and traditional research and teaching capabilities.

Currently we're in the Stabilisation phase

We have made three key new appointments:

  • Client Experience Director - Geraint Llewelyn
  • Digital Strategy and Transformation Director - James Alexander
  • Enterprise IT Infrastructure Director - Russell Barnes (starting 05 January 2021)

These roles have been created to work across and with our University community to deliver secure technology change programmes and make all engagement with IT as smooth as possible.

Digital change is inevitable – with tighter controls and greater regulation expected within organisations worldwide. All IDG Directors will focus on finding common ground, understanding departments’ needs and objectives and helping to navigate any barriers.

Focusing on our current priorities:

  • Training
  • Device Security and USB controls
  • Building closer working relationships

Next week read more detail on how we are delivering on these priorities.

Security & Information Management is Everyone's Responsibility

Help and support

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Who needs to know this?

This information concerns us all. If you use a Warwick staff card, a Warwick email address, access one of our staff or student record systems or share your Warwick work with colleagues within or beyond the University, you are involved in activities that must be kept secure.

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