From the Fall 2016 Issue

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

William J. Britton
Interim Chief Information Officer and Cybersecurity Center Director | California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)

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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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