IT is testing new cyber security measures

As you probably know, the number of cybersecurity incidents, particularly ransomware, has been skyrocketing for some time. Like most institutions, UNCSA has worked to improve our security on many fronts. Our security is the top priority of information technology, and we constantly balance security against our ability to work with the technology as efficiently as possible.

One area that is difficult to secure is the ability for users to install software on their university-issued PCs or Macs. This requires administrator rights to the computer and we have not consistently applied these privileges. Granting these rights exposes us to greater threats, but failing to grant them may make us less efficient. To further complicate the issue, the cyber insurance companies are demanding that we restrict admin privileges on local computers as this is now considered an unsafe practice.

That’s why we bought a system called Admin By Request, which we believe strikes a balance between efficiency and security. If a UNCSA employee using a university-issued computer needs to install software on their computer after deployment, it is easy to make a request through this system. IT reviews the request and if the software is new to us, we perform a security check and approve it for installation. Once approved for a user, a future request for the same software will be automatically approved. For this process to be effective, a user must anticipate needs for the software in advance, and IT must respond when requests are made. Our processing time for this approval is two business days.

After testing is complete in IT, we will test in at least two other departments before deploying campus-wide. You’ll be notified before it’s deployed to your device and we don’t expect any disruptions to your daily work.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact Nick Johnson at [email protected]

Thank you for supporting our efforts to keep our computing environment secure at UNCSA!

Contact: Terry Harmon

July 19, 2022

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