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SECURITY brian p. fodrey
6 Factors Impacting Information Security and Privacy During the COVID-19 Crisis
In these uncertain times, it’s important to consider the ways crisis response is influencing the security and privacy of institutional systems and data.
TO SAY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC has been a disruption feels like an understatement. The impact we have seen and experienced in our otherwise everyday lives has been far- reaching, overwhelming, inspiring and without question more often than not, challenging. For those in higher education — faculty, staff, students and their surrounding communities — it’s hard to envision a time when traditions of the academy will be restored to a point we all fondly remember.
That said, the herculean efforts put forth by all parties across higher education to meet the challenges presented to us as a result of adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic have been nothing short of impressive and revolutionary. In as little as a few weeks, institutions built on the tradition of face-to- face instruction and campus engagement had their entire world upended by nearly instantly moving to remote instruction, remote working and remote student engagement. While the success stories are limitless and those involved truly haven shown their spirit and commitment to education and student success in ways that will never be fully documented, we have learned a lot too.
The importance of information security and privacy has been a hot topic and growth opportunity for many higher education institutions across the country for years. With the introduction of global influences such as
GDPR, national and local legislation, and the general geo-political climate, our efforts in this space are simply no longer a want, but a need. This has never been clearer than in the current environment in which we find ourselves: managing an unprecedented crisis during uncertain times. We all now know, simply trying to conduct business as usual until we return to a more normal or familiar time is no longer an advisable path forward.
During this crisis, over a relatively short amount of time we have learned a lot about our institutions’ information security posture, as well as those we support and the data we protect. In otherwise chaotic times, it is important to reflect on where we were (pre- crisis), where we are (managing the crisis), and where we need to be (post-crisis) as it relates to all the services and systems we are responsible for — but especially in response to what the last several weeks have presented. While each institution’s experience is likely individualized and hardly standard, as you recount your lessons learned and future planning, consider the following factors influencing security and privacy during this crisis.
1) Expediency of the Migration
to Remote
The classic project management philosophy dictates that projects can only be two out of three things: cheap, fast or good. In the

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