Higher Education: A Holistic Approach to Informational Security is Key

By: Absolute Editorial Team | 2/24/2016

Educause recently profiled the Top 10 IT Issues and strategic technologies in higher education, a list that aims to help higher educational institutions gain insight from trends to help inform IT planning. The profile focuses on three separate movements occurring in higher education IT: divesting of technologies and practices that are no longer efficient, reinvesting in capabilities and resources, and differentiating through IT’s contribution to support teaching, learning and the school culture.

Higher education is intersecting with technology in new and exciting ways to both empower students and faculty in the learning process, but also to encourage research excellence, reduce costs and support a competitive edge in ‘intangible’ areas like school culture. Of course, as the article notes, information technology in higher education is more difficult than ever before. This Educause article offers a way for higher education institutions to move forward in integrating and supporting these new technologies.

  • Divest your organization of technologies that can be sourced elsewhere and practices that are now inefficient
  • Reinvest in capabilities and resources to use information technology to ensure competitive differentiation. Invest in IT workforce hiring and retention, organizational development, and information security
  • Differentiate through optimizing educational technology, student success technologies, analytics, e-learning and other investments in student success, affordability, and teaching and research excellence

When looking at the issues on a granular level, Educause came up with 10 issues or strategies that higher education institutions need to tackle. The top issue identified was in information security, where developing a “holistic, agile approach to information security” through technology, policies and people to reduce information security threats. In an age where more data is being collected and used, and that data is being spread out on a larger attack surface through mobile and cloud growth, information security must be addressed. The top 10 list also looks at institutional data management, including standards, integration, protection and governance.

We recently shared the prediction in the growth of cyber attacks on higher educational institutions, so understanding the risks to data are key to ensuring that technology can be embraced while still protecting student and proprietary data. With mobile devices becoming a key part of the fabric of higher learning, these devices also introduce a great deal of risk. With Absolute DDS, you gain visibility into the endpoint and a holistic picture of the health of those devices (through automated alerts on everything from encryption and anti-malware status to geographic fences), allowing IT to remotely safeguard data at all times.

Colleges, Universities and K-12 Schools around the world rely on Absolute to remotely secure and manage their endpoints. Continue to our website to learn how Absolute DDS for Education can help.

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