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Cybersecurity: A Primer for Higher Education Leadership

Is your data safe? Find out how to make sure.

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There has been a significant increase in high-profile data breaches, cybersecurity threats, and related vulnerabilities across many industries, including the higher education sector. It has become clear that the impact of a data breach can be significant to the operations, reputation, and even the very mission of a higher education institution. Join us to obtain an overview of recent trends and related strategies to safeguard your data and technology infrastructure that are essential to survival and continued success in today’s technology-enabled environment.
We will explore the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) framework and how it can be used to assess current capabilities and develop a roadmap toward improved cybersecurity practices. Further, we will delve into each of the components of the framework and discuss solution offerings, including:
  • Identify – an understanding of how to manage cybersecurity risks to systems, assets, data, and capabilities.
  • Protect – the controls and safeguards necessary to protect or deter cybersecurity threats.
  • Detect – continuous monitoring to provide proactive and real-time alerts of cybersecurity-related events.
  • Respond – incident response activities in place at the institution with respect to response planning, communications, analysis, mitigation, and improvements.
  • Recover – business continuity plans to maintain resilience and recover capabilities after a cyber breach.
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  • George Baroudi, vice president for information technology, Long Island University
  • Mark Oster,
    national managing partner, not-for-profit and higher education practices, Grant Thornton
  • Megan Schneider (moderator), assistant director, federal affairs, NACUBO


What You Will Learn

NACUBO’s professional development programs are designed to deliver the skills, concepts, and best practices for success to individuals in the business of higher education. After participating in this program you will be able to:

  • Recognize the associated risks and threats to technology infrastructure.
  • Describe early identification of security breaches.
  • Identify solution offerings, specifically detective and preventative approaches.

Who Should Attend

  • Associate Vice Presidents
  • Chief Business Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Controllers
  • Treasurers

CPE Information


Field of Study: Information Technology (note: each person must register individually to earn CPEs)

NACUBO is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website

Registration Rates

For registration assistance, call 1.800.462.4916 or email

Member Standard Ends January 1, 2067


Non-Member Standard Ends January 1, 2067



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