Campus Focus :: Thursday, May 8, 2008

Spotlight

The State of School Security

This fall, CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), conducted its third annual Higher Education IT Security Report Card, surveying 151 higher education IT directors and managers to examine the status of IT security on campuses.

The results are not happy ones. Over half the respondents suffered at least one electronic security breach in the past year. Loss or theft of data is up 10%. Schools lack fully integrated physical and IT security systems, as well as resources and funding. And students and faculty alike aren't aware of security policies and disregard the ones they are aware of.

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Assessing School Security

If you attend Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, you're no doubt familiar with its "Don't be a Tad' campaign--a series of amusing, illustrated episodes about "Tad Ramey" that appear on the university's website, e.g.:

Tad Ramey does not think twice about replying to an e-mail from his bank with personal information.

Unfortunately for him, it is a phishing scam.

Tad may as well have shouted his personal information to the world.

Tad is trapped in the phishing scam.

His identity is stolen.

When he is alone, Tad knows it is OK to cry.

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Rich Media

The State of School Security Podcast

Brian Voss, CIO of Louisiana State University talks about how university enforcers of data and physical security differ, methods to alert and educate students about security threats, and how culture can both hurt and help university-level security.

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