Top 10 Emerging Security Leader Issues

Where do CISOs feel urgency to change the status quo?

This research brief profiles the top 10 "up-at-night" security issues in higher education and how IT security leaders can articulate these concerns to other campus stakeholders.

Top 10 Emerging Security Leader Issues

In April and May 2017, the IT Forum launched our Functional Collaborative on Security. About 50 CISOs and Security Directors came together in the past few months to discuss and seek advice about shared security challenges. From the hundreds of conversations across these two months, a common list of challenges began to take shape.

To help our full membership benefit from the Functional Collaborative on Security's thought-provoking discussions, we compiled the top 10 emerging security leader challenges. Schools can use these "up-at-night" issues to identify emerging concerns on their campus and articulate to outside stakeholders potential areas for IT investment.

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Top 10 emerging issues for higher education security leaders

  1. "Proceduralizing" Research Compliance (p. 4)
  2. Data Classification in a Distributed Environment (p. 6)
  3. Scaling Security Segmentation (p. 7)
  4. Board Reporting Metrics (p. 8)
  5. Linking Security Metrics to Mission (p. 9)
  6. Socializing Campus Risk Tolerance Levels (p. 10)
  7. Time-to-Response Target Setting (p. 11)
  8. MFA for Students—Who's Trying it? (p. 12)
  9. Device Enrollment for Admissions (p. 13)
  10. Escalating Restrictions for Repeat Phishing Victims (p. 14)

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