Picture this scenario: An employee leaves for a family vacation and plans to do some work while being out of the office. So, they take their company laptop on the trip. But, the employee accidentally leaves it in the plastic bin at airport security before heading to the gate. Maybe they were distracted; perhaps they were running late. No matter the reason, the employee does not realize what has happened until mid-flight. In 2008, a lost laptop might have been a problem, but in 2018, it can be a crisis. This type of event may trigger panic in many higher education leaders. After all, a lost employee laptop means the potential breach of tens of thousands of student records. Knowing the right questions to ask your CIO, IT teams and vendor partners can help quell those feelings of dismay and helplessness.
Data security has always been a priority for colleges and universities. Today it is more important than ever. Shifts inside and outside of higher education are creating new security challenges: devices that arrive on campus in greater numbers and greater variety, larger volumes of data, increased use of business intelligence and analytics, and increased “hacker” activity. In the first half of last year alone, the number of lost, stolen or compromised records grew 164 percent, according to a report fromGemalto. Once again this year, information security is the No. 1 issue inEDUCAUSE’s Top 10 IT Issuesreport.