Use of the university's computing network is governed by the university's Computing Network Policies. Information Security standards and guidelines provide additional details. University Policy 311 Information Security provides general guidance on the protection of sensitive university information and is intended to require those responsible to safeguard these resources in an appropriate manner. Standards and guidelines provide additional details to help UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, students, and all other authorized users who have access to university facilities, services or IT systems. These standards and guidelines are maintained by the Information Security Compliance group within ITS.
Standards outline the minimum requirements designed to address certain risks and specific requirements that ensure compliance with Policy 311. These provide a basis for verifying compliance through audits and assessments. All units must comply with the standards by following prescribed procedures or by developing unit-specific procedures that meet or exceed the minimum requirements established by the standards.
Guidelines offer general recommendations or instructions that provide a framework for achieving compliance with standards. They are more technical in nature than policies and standards and are updated on a more frequent basis to account for changes in technology and/or university practices.