ERIC Number: ED333898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Information Security in Higher Education. Professional Paper Series, #5.
Elliott, Raymond; And Others
Intended to generate discussion and motivate proactive intervention in matters of information security, this paper defines and discusses some of the key issues relating to information security on college and university campuses based on in-depth interviews conducted at eight selected higher education institutions of varying size and composition in the spring of 1989. Findings, observations, and suggestions for further research are presented in eight areas: (1) Awareness of Information Security; (2) Information Security Concerns, including confidentiality, telecommunications, microcomputers, business continuity/disaster recovery planning, and physical security); (3) Risk Assessment; (4) Information Security Policies, including microcomputer policies; (5) Security and Control; (6) Information Security Administration; (7) Design, Review, and Testing of Information Security: The Role of Auditors and Consultants; and (8) Information Security Issues for the 1990s, including networks, end-user computing, and pace of technological advances. It is concluded that one of the most difficult challenges information technology managers at colleges and universities face today is finding the correct balance between academic freedom and essential security measures. A copy of the interview guide is appended as well as a profile of Coopers & Lybrand, the corporate sponsor of the study, and an annotated listing of six reports in the Professional Paper Series. (24 additional readings) (BBM)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Access to Information, Administrator Role, Colleges, Emergency Programs, Higher Education, Information Technology, Interviews, Microcomputers, Policy, Surveys, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications
CAUSE, 4840 Pearl East Circle, Suite 302E, Boulder, CO 80301 ($8.00 to individuals at CAUSE member institutions/ organizations, $16.00 to others; orders should be prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Coopers & Lybrand, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: CAUSE, Boulder, CO.
Identifiers: Computer Security; Computer Viruses