Mary Dunker


A graduate of Hollins University, Ms. Dunker began her IT career as a systems programmer at Virginia Tech in 1978. With an extensive background in operating systems support, she became involved in efforts to secure the university’s information technology infrastructure as Director of Secure Enterprise Technology Initiatives (SETI) in 2003, earning the SANS GIAC Security Essentials Certification in 2004. Today, she directs Secure Identity Services and is responsible for setting direction for initiatives that include identity management and assurance, secure middleware and authentication, Enterprise Directory integration and support, PKI, and software development testing.

Mary chaired the InCommon Assurance Advisory Committee in 2012 and 2013. She has co-chaired the EDUCAUSE Higher Information Security Council Information Security Guide Editorial Board and the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Security Task Force Effective Practices and Solutions Working Group.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Developing a Certification Authority for PKI at Virginia Tech
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    Virginia Tech began to explore how to integrate digital certificates into our infrastructure services after the Commonwealth of Virginia's Council on Technology Services' Privacy, security, and Access work group initiated discussions on digital signatures and public key infrastructure (PKI) in 1999.

  • Identity Assurance at Virginia Tech
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    In June, 2008, the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors passed a resolution on increasing administrative efficiencies through expansion of automated systems and enhanced security.

EDUCAUSE Presentations


ELI Member
ECAR Subscriber

EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • EDUCAUSE 2014 Program Committee
    • PROGRAM, 2014 - 2014
  • EDUCAUSE 2012 Program Committee
    • PROGRAM, 2012 - 2012
  • HEISC Technologies, Operations, and Practices WG
    • Working Group, 2009 - 2013
  • HEISC Information Security Guide Editorial Board
    • Working Group, 2009 - 2015
  • HEISC Information Security Guide Editorial Board
    • Working Group, 2009 - 2012