Welcome to Higher Ed Advisor, the Baker Tilly podcast series where we speak with higher education industry leaders about practical and proactive guidance to help colleges and universities protect and enhance their value.
Cybercrime continues to elevate information technology (IT) risks across higher education and the research institution community is a prime target for increasingly more advanced and dangerous attacks. In this podcast, the University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Information Security Officer, Allen Baxter, and Baker Tilly’s Higher Education Cybersecurity Leader, Mike Cullen, navigate the critical role cybersecurity plays to protect institutional data and research.
Listen as we zone in on why research institution leaders should raise their awareness, education, collaboration, communication and plans to effectively and strategically manage and mitigate cybersecurity risks, in addition to complying with federal research requirements. We define the most common regulations (NIST 800-171, CMMC, NSPM-33 and GLBA) and further examine:
- Why and how research institutions are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks and threats
- Importance of understanding data to apply the controls and safeguards needed to secure research
- Key implications of not protecting data from a regulatory and threat perspective
- Questions that help identify, assess and manage cyber risks
- Strategies to comply with federal regulations that can impact funding
- How proper cybersecurity measures align with an institution’s mission
Cybersecurity is a journey. Allen and Mike reveal leading cybersecurity practices that decision-makers should consider as part of their long-term strategy to protect and enhance their campus’ data, resources and reputation.