Creating a Dependable Campus Security Department

Education Technology Insights | Monday, November 18, 2019

Universities possess a lot of sensitive information and to keep that information safe, they have to take measures to stop the cyberattacks.

Fremont, CA: In the past decade, technology has advanced by leaps and bounds. Innovative devices have necessitated the average broadband speeds to increase roughly by five-fold, allowing businesses and individuals to do far more online. The increased broadband speeds have facilitated the rise in cloud services. Companies use easy online document sharing, email available on every device from different locations. In the past few years, enterprises have increased the deployment of business-critical applications in the cloud.  The widespread use of technology brought a rise in cybercrime.

Educational institutes suffer from cyber-attacks as well and for them to strengthen their cybersecurity; they must understand their security needs. Higher education environments have academic freedom. Thus, users must be ensured that their personal information is safe and secure.  In the case of mobile device management software, the security team needs to explain that they have no intention of spying on users. The IT team’s purpose is to remotely wipe sensitive data on a smartphone or tablet device in the event it gets lost or stolen.

The institute must have a policy and process to support the technology before an academic institute could buy a technology that is known as a “crawl, walk, run” approach to solution deployment. To assure the success of the campus security department, the institute must develop a five-year plan in which they must take care of the basics such as deployment of next-generation 

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firewalls, data loss prevention software, intrusion detection and prevention, advanced endpoint protection, security monitoring, security information, and event management solution tool. On top of that, security awareness training and security policies and procedures should be a part of the five-year plan. 

To optimize the campus security department, the institute must start by creating policies, processes, and best practices. Once the policies are created, they must be communicated with the staff and hold people accountable. This process leads to the foundation of a cross-functional team of security professionals. Security personnel are viewed as a people that handle security and are reasonable for security-related tasks. However, the new security professional must develop a good relationship with all the critical departments at the university. It is crucial to make cybersecurity a part of standard operating procedure for every department and user.

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