The university will accept the 2013 CSO40 Award from International Data Group’s CSO magazine in April.
Kennesaw State was one of more than 100 applicants considered for the honor from the national publication, which is typically read by those responsible for protecting information within an organization.
“This is an incredible accomplishment not only for the Information Technology Services team but also for the Kennesaw State community as a whole,” said Randy Hinds, KSU’s chief information officer. “In an age of information technology transforming itself from a cost center to a business value driver, this award is recognition that our entire technology organization is actively pursuing that focus.”
McCree Lake, the department’s associate director, said the KSU project was created many years ago but recently reworked to meet the “complex challenges” of KSU’s technology needs.
“It’s one program that allows users to set up the same username and password to log in to almost every system on campus,” he said.
KSU has about 52,000 accounts accessible through the program.
Lake said when a new student or employee begins at KSU, he or she activates an account and can log in to email and all other services that their classification entitles instantly without having to create multiple accounts.
“The system is all about security and automation of processes, and the idea is to help provide customers with the best service possible,” Lake said.
“Information Technology Services consistently engages with our business and academic partners to strategically deliver the best quality products possible to our stakeholders,” said Lectra Lawhorne, the department’s executive director.
Lawhorne also said under the new leadership of Stephen Gay, Tobias Quosigk and Lake, the project has been taken to new heights and she’s excited about what the future holds for KSU’s IT department.