Unit Security Contacts (USC) - Overview

Overview and description of Unit Security Contacts (USC), how to designate someone as a USC, and where to find more information.

What is a USC?

The Unit Security Contact Program (USC Program) was developed and implemented during the mainframe days. At that time it was necessary to have a central point of contact within each department/unit to coordinate and submit mainframe access requests to Administrative Information Systems and Services (AISS). The central point of contact would help to ensure staff within the department/unit knew who could get their mainframe access established and AISS (now known as Administrative Information Technology Services (AITS)) would know who within the department/unit had authorization to submit mainframe access requests.

Since the Deans/Directors/Department Heads are responsible for their department/unit, it was determined by default Deans/Directors/Department Heads would be the Primary Unit Security Contacts (USCs). Knowing the schedules and other commitments of the Deans/Directors/Department Heads could adversely impact staffs’ ability to obtain the mainframe access they needed in a timely manner, it was determined it would be beneficial to allow for the Deans/Directors/Department Heads to appoint others to act in their behalf and the Primary USC designation was created. Also, it was determined the Backup USC (who would have the same authorization as the Primary USC) designation would be needed in case the Primary USC was unavailable.

With the implementation of the Enterprise Systems the role of the Primary and Backup USCs has become increasingly important to help ensure the various Enterprise Systems accesses granted to their department’s/unit’s users is appropriate, authorized and reviewed annually.

To be a primary USC the dean, director, or department head must designate the primary. The primary USC can designate the backup USC(s).  The duties and responsibilities are the same for both primary and backup the only difference is how they are appointed.


Who is my USC?

This information may be found at the AITS website. Click on Find Your USC. Then log on with your enterprise id and password to access the list.


Establishing/Designating a USC

If you do not have a USC in your office, your Dean, Director or Department Head will need to designate an individual to be a primary USC. They will need to email security@uillinois.edu with the UIN, Enterprise ID of the individual and the department and organization codes.

If you would like to add an additional USC or designate one, the Dean, Director, Department Head or current primary USC will need to notifiy AITS Security of the individual who will be added as a backup USC, or will replace the current USC. Please send an email to security@uillinois.edu with the UIN,Enterprise ID of the individual and the department and organization codes.


For more information, visit the USC website (Enterprise login required)




Keywords:usc, unit security contact, privileges, access, AITS   Doc ID:63302
Owner:Shawn L.Group:University of Illinois System
Created:2016-05-09 19:31 CSTUpdated:2016-05-10 07:54 CST
Sites:University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health DEMO, University of Illinois System
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