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An Integrated Security Ecosystem Pays Off for UNC, Charlotte

In January, as the University of North Carolina at Charlotte entered the home stretch of a multiyear effort to improve its cybersecurity defense, there was no way to know the coronavirus pandemic was about to strike. However, that timing turned out to be fortuitous, enabling UNCC’s IT team to leverage integrated solutions from Cisco to keep data safe amid remote operations.

“The good news for us is that we spent the last few years maturing our security posture on campus, and it has been preparing us for this very moment,” says Vice Chancellor for IT and CIO Mike Carlin.

Carlin and Jesse Beauman, assistant vice chancellor for enterprise infrastructure, discussed UNCC’s IT transition in a session at the recent EDUCAUSE annual conference titled “The Adaptive University: How UNC Charlotte Kept Students Learning” and in an interview.