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Strategy Paper Examines How to Improve Data Security in Higher Education

Strategy Paper Examines How to Improve Data Security in Higher Education

FOLSOM, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/08/06 -- The Center for Digital Education has released a new strategy paper in coordination with Alcatel ( on the topic of cybersecurity in higher education. Cybersecurity on Campus: Balancing Academic Freedom, Open Networks and Secure Computing investigates the security of data within university networks and proposes "how to" steps for university decision-makers and IT executives to develop and implement better security plans.

The paper begins by reminding readers of the University of Texas computer science student who hacked into the campus network and seized personal information of more than 50,000 students, including names and social security numbers. Although the data did not end up in the hands of identity thieves, the incident posed a significant threat to campus network security. Cybersecurity on Campus investigates how network administrators, IT executives and decision-makers can actively avoid such a security breach.

"Data security is a daunting task for any large organization," says Paul Taylor, Chief Strategy Officer for the Center for Digital Education. "That is why we've included a security awareness campaign in the document to help your organization be aware of the threats to campus security and what can be done to maintain the trust of the attendees and employees within institutes of higher education."

The paper leads readers through an identification and discussion of what assets and functions are the most important to protect within a university security environment. The paper also offers a checklist to help institutions develop an IT security plan and a step-by-step process to follow to complete these goals. The paper poses a strategy to help your organization or institution balance the three issues broached in the title: academic freedom, open networks and secure computing.

To request a complimentary copy of the paper, contact Julie Arndt at [email protected]. The paper can also be downloaded online at

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