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Academic environments must protecttheir communications infrastructuresfrom a growing number of threats thatinclude viruses, worms, informationtheft, and data sabotage. An effectivenetwork security solution mustclosely integrate networking andsecurity services at the device andnetwork levels. It should providesecure connectivity, threat defense,robust trust and identity managementsystems, network management andanalysis, and support for wirelessconnectivity. Cisco Systems
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CISCO INTEGRATED NETWORK SECURITY IN HIGHEREDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
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In today’s computing environment, protection of intellectual property and data,including research data, clinical data, and business and personal information isparamount for administrators of higher education institutions. Recent studiesdescribe some of the new threats and their resources, and the staggering costs thesethreats can incur:
US$202 million is lost to “cyber crime” every year by enterprises in theUnited States
More than half of cyber-crime financial losses are internal
The U.S. government will experience more than 300,000 Internet attacks this year
More than 400,000 Webpages contain some form of network-intrusion tool
Cyber crimes on enterprises are estimated to take place every 20 seconds
Addressing new and growing network security risks—while increasing an institution’s flexibility and capacity to innovate—is adelicate balancing act. Meeting the demands of “anytime, anywhere” access, along with the open nature of the academiccomputing environment and the growing reliance on e-learning, distance learning, telecommuting, remote connectivity, andmobile applications, requires an institution’s technology infrastructure to be robust enough to protect information integrity as wellas privacy.
Cost of Poor Network Security
A higher education institution’s data network has become a criticalresource that supports education, research, administrative services,and campus communications. Faculty, students, and staff dependon the reliability and capability of this network and on theassociated applications, data resources, services, and onlinecommunities of colleagues for much of what they do. Maximumnetwork reliability has become mandatory.