OIT Security

The Security Team is part of the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and provides guidance, support, security administration and maintenance of the university’s operational network and wireless systems infrastructure ranging from network and computer security to physical access control systems. The team develops and implements global security policies, standards, guidelines and procedures ensuring the ongoing maintenance of the security architecture for application, data, infrastructure, and network. To contact the OIT Security Team, please email


The mission of OIT Security is to assure the security of the University's Information resources and provide a safe computing environment for the Norfolk State University community. We achieve this mission with three pillars of security: the utilization of governance through policies and procedures, a robust security awareness program, and robust and scalable security architecture, solutions, and operations. This allows us to support the university's teaching, learning, and public service missions and partner with faculty, staff, and students.

As part of the University's Office of Information Technology, the Security team proactively:

  • Strategizes to ensure secure access protocols and network architecture
  • Mitigates risk through outreach, awareness, assessment, policy, and best practices
  • Monitors networks and systems to protect against and detect malicious activity and ensure regulatory compliance
  • Manages business continuity for critical information systems
  • Responds to security events to contain incidents and improve protocols


DUO Information

Contact Us
Office of Information Technology
Security Team
700 Park Avenue

Security Tools

As part of promoting good security practices, the OIT Security Team is providing information and links to security tools

  • Anti-virus and Endpoint Security Tools

    Anti-virus (AV) and anti-spyware (AS) tools are a critical piece of protecting computing devices. They are used for protecting your computer from viruses, trojans, and other malware.

    For NSU owned computers, we use Sophos Endpoint Protection. It is the program OIT supports. NSU faculty and staff can contact Client Services for more information about Sophos.

    For personal computers, whether faculty, staff or student owned, there are many free options. While NSU does not endorse nor take responsibility for user's installing these products, it is important that everyone use some sort of malware protection.

  • Types of Malware Protection Programs

    There are two types of malware protection programs available, primary and secondary. Primary programs will scan the entire computer, monitor activity on the computer and automatically update their programming and definitions. There can only be one primary program installed. If there are two, then they will start detecting each other as malicious and try to disinfect each other. This often leads to corrupt files and system crashes.

    Secondary programs are meant to supplement primary programs. They can be installed as an additional layer of protection. Keep in mind, if your computer is already infected, installing one of these could cause your system to become corrupt. It is recommended to do a security scan with an online scanning program, such Sophos, antiviral software used by the University.