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The Need for Information Security and ePrivacy in Higher Education

Print friendly Modified January 31, 2011
The Need for Information Security and ePrivacy in Higher Education

The University System of Georgia’s Office of Information Security and ePrivacy (IS&eP) is the primary USG authority to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of USG information and information systems. More than 20 percent of all data lost or stolen comes from higher education. Since 2005, more than 7,000,000 records nationally have been lost or stolen; each lost or stolen data record costs an average of $200. The USG’s investment in information security and electronic privacy provides value by

  • Securing and protecting information, information systems, and data assets
  • Establishing and maintaining a secure information environment

Building a Culture of Preparedness and Awareness

IS&eP represents the USG to federal, state, and local government entities; higher education; private industry; and others on security-related matters. We protect the USG’s information assets by offering the following services:

  • Strategic management
  • Governance, risk, and compliance
  • Incident response
  • Security awareness, training, and education
  • Continuity of operations planning

Information Security and ePrivacy is a USG Priority

Education and research are all about the free flow of information and the exchange of ideas. Students, staff, and faculty attending or working at USG institutions or enjoying the many services within the Georgia Public Libraries can move freely with the knowledge and confidence that information security and protective layers-of-defense are in place.

INFOSEC Strengthens Education

With increasing technology demands on current staff and limited resources, maintaining adequate environments will be among the many challenges facing USG institutions…Institutions must look to the USG for the necessary policies, practices, and tools with which to safeguard institutional resources…and ensure that all institutions operate in as secure environments as possible.

Chrystle M. Ross, CIO, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

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