ASU Information Security and Digital Trust


To truly respect the user, we must respect their data.

As more of our learning, working and living takes place in the digital realm, what and who do you trust? ASU Information Security and Digital Trust (ISDT) is grounded in transparency, security, privacy and empowerment to foster relationships of trust: trust between our institutions, learners and staff; trust between learners and employers; trust between our institutions and the workforce. 

ASU’s ISDT leads work and initiatives that uniquely influence our constituents’ experience of digital life. We aim to lead by example with our own commitment to digital trust by providing transparency and clarity around our practices that require trust.


Our tenets

These are the founding principles that guide our work at ASU and beyond.

Transparency and Help

Find meaningful ways to educate, spark curiosity and foster empowerment so technologies and data serve everyone --
not just the institution.

Privacy by Design

Approach technology solutions with privacy at the center (via Privacy by Design) through the lens of ASU’s charter and principles.

Security by Design

Engineer everything with security in mind to build antifragile, trustworthy systems. 

Agency at the Center

Empower learners by recognizing their central place as co-creators and co-owners of their own experiences.

Our tenets in action

These examples are concrete projects, initiatives and events developing and impacting a new vision of information security and digital trust at ASU.


Visit GetProtected for more information security context and view the slide decks below to get a comprehensive view of Digital Trust at ASU.


Trusted Learner Network

The Trusted Learner Network (TLN) describes a new, secure, and decentralized approach to recording, curating, and sharing learner data on abilities and skills across the learner’s lifespan.



Digital Trust Summit

From June 15-17, changemakers globally will engage in a series of activities designed to shape the future of digital trust in education and the education-to-workforce systems.

Register now.

Partner to Protect

In 2020, ASU brought together info sec professionals, in partnership with Crowdstrike, to explore 7 vital themes in the ongoing development of innovative ways of strengthening cybersecurity.

Learn more about the event.

Our leadership

Providing the vision and strategy to move forward our tenets in action and guide the development of new initiatives at UTO and ASU:

Donna Kidwell

Chief Information Security &
Digital Trust Officer

Arizona State University

Timothy Summers

Executive Director
Digital Trust Initiative
University Technology Office


Kate Giovacchini

Managing Director, Trusted Learner Network and Co-Executive Director, Engineering Core, University Technology Office

In the news

Dive into recent events, discussions and activities exploring the concepts of data privacy, cybersecurity and learner empowerment:

Every June, Pride Month comes alive in celebration, reflection and devotion to bringing awareness to the LGBTQIA+ community.  Throughout the month, Arizona State University (ASU) highlights its dedication to inclusivity and progress on and off…
Enterprise Technology's proactive innovation and ongoing support of established and new technologies makes for transformative results in learning, working and thriving. The Spring 2023 semester offered exceptional examples of this work, as…
  Students enrolled in an advanced English course at Arizona State University (ASU) used generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools to assist their writing process — from brainstorming ideas to editing drafts. And when reflecting on the…
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More than 100 participants gathered in downtown Phoenix last week to chart the future of the ever-growing digital credential ecosystem at the 2023 Trusted Learner Network (TLN) Unconference. The fourth annual event attracted experts, technologists…
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In a world increasingly built on cloud computing and storage, combined with next generation optical networks, successful delivery of services is measured in milliseconds – which is just one one-thousandth of a second. And while this measure of time…
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It’s an exciting time on the Arizona State University (ASU) campus as over 20,000 students have walked the stage to receive degrees this week. And, for the workforce, this means a new cohort of talent will be joining the ranks, bringing new ideas…
May the Fourth, 2023 Empower
Yesterday, 500+ IT professionals, technologists and visionaries at Arizona State University (ASU) gathered in Tempe for the sixth annual Empower.
On Friday, April 28, Arizona State University’s chief information officer (CIO) Lev Gonick was named the 2023 Arizona CIO of the Year as part of the 2023 Arizona ORBIE Awards. The annual event honors the most innovative and transformative technology…
The new Information Security Training course is now available!  This required training provides an overview of effective best practices for protecting ASU data and resources for all faculty, staff and student workers.  
Summer semester 2023 is quickly approaching! The operations team is busy preparing to make sure we have a great start to our summer classes.
An Enterprise-wide technology change “freeze” for spring semester-end will take place May 15-18. This freeze is in place to avoid significant disruption to our students, faculty and staff during the end-of-semester critical processing period. We ask…
In the classrooms of modern universities, the pursuit of academic excellence takes various forms — from using the most advanced technology to fully immerse students in new learning environments to strategically designed seating arrangements and…
Step into a world where learning is an adventure, classrooms are portals to new universes and students become front-line researchers in far-off lands: Welcome to Dreamscape Learn at Arizona State University (ASU).
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Students at Arizona State University have nearly endless opportunities to change the world, at school and beyond.
One way to shape the future is to continually reflect on the past.
In an effort to keep pace with the rapidly evolving digital landscape, instructors are participating in a series of workshops designed to explore the latest teaching tools and platforms. The goal: create engaging, collaborative learning environments…
As the U.S. Southwest grapples with historically low water levels, the looming threat of a parched future in Arizona continues to cast a long shadow. 
In the evolving world of technology, every new talent brings a fresh perspective, a unique set of skills and a wealth of experience. Today, we’re thrilled to introduce ASU Enterprise Technology’s newest Deputy Chief Information Officer of…
Trigger warning: The following story shares an individual’s experience diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Faced with difficult times and professional uncertainty after retiring as a firefighter in 2020, Todd Lunn never gave up on…
Written by Timothy Summers, executive director at ASU Enterprise Technology