Oct 30 2020

EDUCAUSE 2020: How Automation Can Help Universities Balance Security and Privacy

On many campuses, openness and independence are among the traditional cornerstones of academic freedom. Yet in the technology-driven environments of today's colleges, particularly at research-intensive institutions, IT leaders must strive to balance that openness with the need to keep data secure. Similarly, colleges must achieve a balance between the emphasis on data-driven instruction and decision-making and the imperative to protect privacy. Automated tools are making it easier to address both aims, even as colleges dramatically scale the amount of data they process.

Find more coverage of EDUCAUSE 2020, including more interviews and advice from higher ed experts, here.



    • James Cassidy, Security Analyst, University of Oklahoma

Video Highlights

  • Academic research data is often subject to a unique set of security concerns, from the sensitivity of data to regulatory requirements. That poses a challenge as IT departments seek to balance data protection with open academic environments.
  • The increasing scale-up of data on college campuses may necessitate the use of automated solutions to manage risk effectively.
  • As automation improves, IT departments will be able to decrease the amount of manual processes that require human intervention, thereby improving security and increasing privacy protections.