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Heard at Campus Technology: Security Is a Tech Leader’s No. 1 Priority

July 19, 2017

This is part of a series highlighting sessions at Campus Technology 2017 this week in Chicago, Ill.

About four years ago the Duke University School of Nursing dealt with a massive phishing attempt to get direct deposit information for faculty.

The attackers understood how the intranet looked and created a fake one, asking faculty to sign in. From there they stole account numbers.Of the roughly 500 faculty members at Duke Medicine, 10 clicked on it, and this was the most serious attack the school has had.

“What that told us as an executive team at the School of Nursing is security had to take a higher priority,” the school’s IT Director Glenn Setliff told an audience at Campus Technology 2017 yesterday.

Setliff said IT security is a technology leader’s primary responsibility. Cyber criminals have become more sophisticated in their attacks, using a variety of techniques to explore vulnerabilities on multiple devices. As a result, the number of successful campaigns aimed at students and faculty is rising. Because security breaches can lead to lasting effects on the finances and reputations of individuals and institutions, every security program must begin with a complete understanding of the current threat environment.

Audience members agreed citing similar attacks like one school that had its HR management system attacked for direct deposit information. This attacker even went as far as putting filters on faculty members’ emails so they wouldn’t receive any of the warning emails from the HR department.

It’s equally as important to have solid security for the video being created at the school every day by faculty and students in the classrooms with Mediasite.The school provides its instructors the flexibility to create and capture course videos in a variety of ways. They’ve got a personal capture option with My Mediasite that lets them record anywhere and auto-publish lessons to their Sakai courses. Assisted self-recording can be done in the school’s Studio B with staff support. A full-service video production in the school’s Studio A provides high-production quality to green screen videos, interviews and more. And finally, automated lecture capture is available in classrooms to streamline day-to-day course capture. In two months alone more than 1,000 videos received 25,000+ student views. With that much content, good security is imperative.

Not every video lecture, student assignment and recording of campus events is meant for everyone to see. Controls need to be in place to guarantee only authorized users have access. The School of Nursing can control viewing permissions per video to ensure the valuable – and sometimes sensitive – content being created is secure.

Learn more about the School of Nursing’s story at /duke-university-medical-students-excel-mediasite/.

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