ERIC Number: EJ789003
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-7
Frank Talk about Hacker Attacks, Emergency Notification, and Online Piracy
Fischman, Josh; Carlson, Scott; Young, Jeffrey R.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n26 pA17 Mar 2008
Technology decisions should not be made solely in some geeky corner of the campus, but should be central to strategic planning and involve top academic leaders. Campus-technology leaders traded tales from the trenches and plenty of advice during the two-day Technology Forum, held in Tampa, Florida in February 2008. Ohio University responded to a series of network-security breaches, when notified by the FBI in late April 2006 that its campus network had been hacked. The bureau had learned of the breach when undercover agents in chat rooms saw hackers bragging about the break-in. With the help of consultants, the university hired a new chief information officer, created a plan of action, and established a committee to oversee information-technology issues. The chief information officer became part of the president's cabinet. The university has spent $2-million so far and plans to spend $8-million over the next few years to make its information services stable and secure, delaying a fund-raising campaign by a year to focus on the crisis. Many in the audience wondered whether it would take a crisis to get other college leaders to listen to technologists and devote money to security and training. "Technology is something everybody wants, but nobody wants to pay for it," one audience member said. Illegal file trading, emergency-alert systems and mobile physical storage devices such as USB drives are growing areas of concern on campuses nation-wide. Ultimately, however, human error lies at the bottom of many data breaches. Whether technological or manmade, data security will likely remain one of the newest legal land mines for campus administrators for some time to come.
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Information Technology, Educational Technology, Information Services, Computer Security, Crime, Access to Computers, Access to Information, Crime Prevention, Vandalism
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