Report: Information security tops list of 2016 concerns for higher ed IT leaders

Mobile development and apps emerge as key investments

Colleges and universities plan to invest more heavily in information security next year, according to a report from non-profit EDUCAUSE.

The report was based on EDUCAUSE's annual member survey, asking higher ed IT leaders, faculty members, and CIOs what information technologies their institutions plan to invest in this year.

Respondents cited information security as their top concern based on the diffusion of system access points at colleges and universities, as well as the large amount of technology and data that must be protected. Common tactics for ensuring security include educating IT users on campus; reducing institutional exposure to security threats; and ensuring the institution's networks, applications, and systems are secure.

"In the digital age, threats come from all angles," said Susan Grajek, VP of data, research, and analytics at EDUCAUSE.

The top technologies that EDUCAUSE members plan to invest in next year are:

  1. Mobile devices in learning and teaching;
  2. Software as a service;
  3. Administrative or business performance analytics;
  4. App development;
  5. Accessing online courses from mobile devices;
  6. Mobile apps for enterprise applications;
  7. Service desk management and tool strategies;
  8. Learning analytics;
  9. Data collection and analytic methodologies for information security; and
  10. Application performance monitoring.

(Stansbury, eCampusNews, 1/13).

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