Chicago, IL. OculusIT, a leading managed IT and cloud services company, recently announced its partnership with Des Moines Area Community College, the largest and most diverse community college in Iowa, for Data Protection Officer-as-a-Service.

Previously OculusIT had conducted an audit of DMACC’s systems to ensure compliance with EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), US Gramm-Leach-Bliley-Act (GLBA) and also conduct Vulnerability Assessments for their systems.  This engagement is a logical next step after the initial assessment and following the remediation steps.

Under this engagement, OculusIT will appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) to provide expert advice to all DMACC staff to comply with GDPR and DPIA provisions and how they can better manage data privacy at the institution. The DPO will also monitor and guide the team for maintain GDPR compliance and help them develop procedures for reporting data breaches on an ongoing basis.

The role of the DPO is also to ensure that DMACC staff continues to be compliant with the GDPR, GLBA and other prominent data privacy regulations under the scope of work.

OculusIT will also conduct interactive training sessions for GDPR, followed by periodic GDPR audits and re-assessments to review security procedures and ensure that all adequate controls have been established for the protection of personal data at DMACC.

“Maintaining data privacy has been a top concern for colleges and universities.”, says Joe Redwine, President at OculusIT. “We’re proud to partner with Des Moines Area Community College in helping them review their compliance to various data privacy regulations and providing a strong roadmap for remediation. The Data Protection Officer from OculusIT will help the College on their road to implementing stronger data privacy procedures and therefore ensuring the safety of their student, staff and faculty data.”


Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) is a community college in central Iowa. The College offers 225 degrees, programs and certificates to 63,917 students from 99 counties. The College is approved by the Iowa State Department of Education. It is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, each representing one of the nine districts the College serves.

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