In recent months, colleges like Indiana University and the University of Maryland have been victims of large data breaches. These breaches exposed personal data of many students and staff. OSU is continually making improvements to ensure similar events do not occur here. With hundreds of thousands of students’, alumni’s, and staff’s personal information stored on OSU’s servers, and with increasing cyber-attacks on large universities nationwide, OSU has developed a program to identify security risks and protect the massive amount of information stored within the university.
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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and OCIO has tips for keeping your mobile devices secure, plus the chance to test your mobile device security knowledge in our quiz and enter to win prizes!
Helen Patton, our new Chief Information Security Officer, was recently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, sharing her perspective on cyber security in the academic arena. She revealed that a big challenge universities face is keeping students informed about risks when it comes to data management.
Patton said “There are certain things you can do in the background, and there are other things where you need behavior change.” She highlighted that communication is key for creating a safer cyber environment.
The Office of the Chief Information Officer has had an especially eventful summer. I took over as Interim Chief Information Officer in June and a reporting restructure in July brought us under Geoff Chatas, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President in the Office of Business and Finance. Through these changes, we continue to focus on keeping our services operating smoothly and providing reliable support for university needs.
At last count, the population using Ohio State's email system was larger than the city of Cincinnati. With more than 300,000 users, our system serves a population roughly half the size of Columbus. We started with a system of over 100 domains, and we’re down to fewer than 50.
Our new Chief Information Security Officer Helen Patton is starting with the basics – data control, which is primary focus of any security strategy. She aims to create a strong foundation for our security by ensuring we perform the most fundamental tasks extraordinarily well – from maintaining a thorough inventory system, to following best practices for patch and version control, and keeping all secure software.
Studies show that about 29% of security breaches involve emails that contain malicious links or attachments that, when clicked, give the attacker a foothold in the victim’s network. A key goal of the university email migration project is to safeguard against these attacks. With 52% of users on campus migrated, this project represents a huge step toward securing university information.