October

The cyber security imperative for higher education

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Copyright Surian Soosay

By Scott Corzine, Managing Director of Risk Management Practice at FTI Consulting, Inc. and Duane Lohn, Managing Director of Risk Management Practice at FTI Consulting, Inc.

Colleges and universities are potentially at the center of a “perfect cyber security storm” due to the ecosystem in which they function – the combination of complex and often decentralized information technology environments they manage; the open social and academic models under which they operate; the significant proprietary and confidential information they hold; and the funded research they conduct for corporations and institutions. Colleges and universities may have cyber Achilles heels based on inherent collegiate vulnerabilities and, as important, may inadvertently become the gateway through which great damage is done to the industrial/educational compact played out at institutions doing significant research under contract. Should higher educational institutions be breached, significant personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI) and billions of dollars of corporate-sponsored research data are at stake. As the frequency and severity of high-profile cyber attacks escalate in the private sector, as third party experts offer enhanced protection methodologies, and as federal and state government agencies impose stricter cyber security regulations, major universities risk falling behind the cyber security preparedness curve. In this article, the authors provide insights and guidelines that help move higher education institutions toward more robust and mature cyber security capabilities.

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Greetings from the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education

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Copyright Adrian Delgado2012

By Jeannette Stawski, CAE, Executive Director of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education.

Climbing walls. Ropes courses. International trips. Incoming student wilderness orientation programs. River, cave, and mountaineering expeditions. Outdoor gear rental facilities. You may already be familiar with working and supporting these activities on campus.

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Why international college sports games pose risks for institutions and administrators

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By Mike Kelly, CEO of On Call International.

Like the growing trend in professional sports leagues, the arena for higher education sports is going global, and US colleges and universities are setting their sights on hosting games and competitions abroad. There are many positives to doing so, such as expansion of the school’s brand and the opportunity for student-athletes to become more cultured. However, there are risks as well, including the potential for theft, assault, medical emergencies, civil unrest and even natural disasters. These risks are real and can lead to legal, financial and reputational damage for the institution if administrators are not prepared. To help protect the safety of students and faculty abroad, here are a few recommendations.

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Copyright Michael Grimes

By Leta Finch, MPA, DRM, National Practice Leader for Higher Education at Aon Risk Solutions, URMIA board member, and liaison to URMIA's Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee.

This month's spotlight is on URMIA’s Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee, also known as GRAC.

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Copyright Dean Hochman

Each year, URMIA hosts in-person regional and annual (national) conferences around the country, as well as online webinars designed to minimize your cost and time away from the office while maximizing your educational and networking opportunities. Read on to learn about a new partnership with the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), ISO 31000 training from URMIA and PRIMA, URMIA's new Affiliate Innovative Resources library, and URMIA's 4th annual Risk Management Week, taking place this November. 

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Each month, this article provides some of the latest risk management resources, as well as a calendar of upcoming events, webinars, conferences and other learning opportunities in which you or your campus colleagues may be interested.

Risk management resources

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URMIA members in the news

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Copyright Petr Dosek

Help us welcome our newest members, and see what professional updates your colleagues have to share from the last month.

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FEATURED ARTICLE

Cash before cover: A situation analysis from URMIA's International Committee

By Joan Rupar, Division President of Foreign Casualty for AIG, in collaboration with URMIA's International Committee. The International Committee builds alliances with international partners that influence risk management practices internationally, explores and expands opportunities to represent URMIA internationally as thought leaders, supports increases in international membership and enhances URMIA's library with relevant international content.

URMIA’s International Committee will be sharing timely information with the membership through Insights on a regular basis. Look for more articles from the committee as important issues arise in the new "International Dispatches" column in Insights.

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News Briefs

Umpqua Community College tragedy is third deadliest shooting on a college campus; two more campus shootings leave two more dead
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Privacy and transparency: UC-Berkeley becomes first college to release "transparency report"
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The next step in cyber attacks: Holding data hostage?
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Risk and Insurance names UC-Santa Cruz safety employee among its 2015 Risk All Stars
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Group streamlines and simplifies college application process
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URMIA partners with ASIRT to offer discounted road travel resources and membership to risk managers
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URMIA and PRIMA offering ISO 31000 workshops in 2015
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Are you ready for URMIA's 4th annual Risk Management Week, Nov. 2-6?
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