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ERIC Number: EJ873931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Network Security: What Non-Technical Administrators Must Know
Council, Chip
Community College Journal, v75 n4 p12-15 Feb-Mar 2005
Now it is increasingly critical that community college leaders become involved in network security and partner with their directors of information technology (IT). Network security involves more than just virus protection software and firewalls. It involves vigilance and requires top executive support. Leaders can help their IT directors to mitigate the threats by gaining a basic understanding of the threats, techniques, and protective measures. The security risks that exist in today's business world are multidimensional and serious. They also continue to grow as technologies, such as wireless networking and personal handheld computing devices, mature. Although highly visible threats, such as intrusion and viruses, are the most publicized, there are many others threats that can be just as costly. These threats include impersonation, eavesdropping, denial of service, packet replay, packet modification, malicious code, and social engineering. Most IT departments have a strategy for handling many of these risks. Anti-virus programs, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems are a few remedies. However, a complete security program must encompass much more. This article identifies some threats that a community college leader would benefit from understanding, and discusses the role a community college's leadership plays in the success of a security program through executive support, user training, and governance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A