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To Prevent Cyberattacks, Be Proactive

by Penn State

Penn State News

Article excerpt

Penn State establishes Office of Information Security

As part of ongoing efforts to fortify Penn State’s network infrastructure, data and people from potential cyberattack, the University announced [Sept. 11] the establishment of a new Office of Information Security. Nicholas P. Jones, executive vice president and provost at Penn State, said the new office will be a separate unit from the University’s Information Technology Services (ITS) and will include Security Operations and Services (SOS), formerly part of ITS.

Our take

Considering New Structures to Address Security Risks

Security breaches across a wide range of industries, including government breaches, have business leaders and IT professionals understandably on edge. While education may seem like an industry with fewer risks than others (financial institutions, for instance), this article indicates that Penn State “repels millions of overtly hostile cyberattacks from around the world against its network infrastructure.” As technology demands increase—both from an opportunity and a risk standpoint—what should educational institutions be doing to ensure their systems are secure?

The rapidly changing technology environment in education, combined with heightened concerns about cybersecurity, are leading to new leadership structures in IT; it may be time to strategically consider whether your structure is designed to address all of your school system’s opportunities and risks. Examples like this, of what other institutions are doing, can provide useful insights.