Cyber Liability & Higher Education Aon Professional Risk Solutions White Paper
Due to the nature and complexity of operations and the academic culture of open access, educational institutions, and in particular, large research-oriented universities, face unique exposures related to the internet and information security and privacy. An overriding challenge that educational institutions face when dealing with privacy and security risks continues to be the fundamental conflict between a culture that values an unfettered exchange of ideas, and the security and privacy of sensitive or private information. In order to facilitate the open access described above, network systems are configured to allow for multiple points of access. Outsourced IT entities and other service providers may also have direct access to the education organization's network, thus increasing exposures.