From the Fall 2016 Issue

Protecting a University in the New Era of Cybercrime: A Case Study

-William J. "Bill" Britton
Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer | California Polytechnic State University

Higher education environments thrive on collaboration, research, and the exchange of ideas both inside and outside the university. However, creating an open network to foster that kind of sharing—that is both easy to connect to and secure—is an increasingly complex issue facing universities. Because of the amount of intellectual property, research, and sensitive personal information universities hold, they make prime targets for hackers. Back in 2003, the U.S. National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace urged higher-education institutions to “give IT security high priority.”1 But protecting universities from cyber-attack still remains a challenge today . . .

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