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Healthcare Is Ignoring Cyber Risk Intel, Academia Even Worse
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bepper852
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bepper852,
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4/13/2015 | 1:46:46 PM
Re: Academia is a target because...
Really?  I am commonly hearing that the filtering done on campus disrupts the playing of online games.  Apparently, it isn't that they aren't filtering, but they are simply filtering the wrong things.
tomdfw1
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4/10/2015 | 3:48:20 PM
Re: Academia is a target because...
It was only a temporary policy they emailed out until they could get a handle on the solution to enforce it.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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4/7/2015 | 2:16:54 PM
Re: Academia is a target because...
I can't imagine anything more unenforceable than a no-surfing policy in an academic institution. Wow! Thanks for sharing that @tomdfw1
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tomdfw1,
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4/7/2015 | 11:48:52 AM
Academia is a target because...
You are correct that academia is a target rich environment...but they are also incredibly open and susceptible.  Most higher education institutions do not provide any sort of URL filtering or data filering of any sort...this is because academia is more concerned with open communication, research and freedom of speech.  In fact, most higher eds don't do any filtering of any sort in the name of the liberal policies of open communication.

Without fundamental filtering and protection solutions, these endpoints are easy targets to infiltrate.

I knew of one reputable institution that eventually got hacked and the CISO literally sent out an email mandate to disallow Internet surfing except for business critical use.  Of course, she had no means to enforce the policy until a URL filter solution was purchased and deployed, which took weeks...but by that time the damage was already done.  They were hosing down a smoldering house.  Unfortunately, this is how most higher eds are...waiting for the damage to occur before taking action to prevent it.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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4/6/2015 | 5:02:28 PM
No surprise
From what I've seen and read about healthcare, I'm not surprised. But i would think that academia -- with all its BYOD from faculty and students alike --  is a little more on top of the curve. In either case, it's frightening how unprepared organizations of all stripes are!


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