Information Security means protecting information and information systems from unauthorized access, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction.
While the term "computer security" may focus on ensuring the availability and correct operation of a computer system without concern for the information stored or processed by the computer, in most cases, IT security focuses on data, networks and systems and has three primary goals.
Colleges and universities amass a great deal of information. Most of this information is now collected, processed, and stored on computers and transmitted across networks. In some cases, protecting this information is a legal requirement and in others, it is necessary to be compliant with industry standards such as PCI.
For Radford University, the Code of Virginia as well as certain U.S. Code require that effective IT security measures be in place. At the university, the Information Security Officer is responsible for IT security and works with other university faculty and staff to ensure that the goals listed above are met. The IT Security Officer reports to the Vice President for Information Technology & CIO.
IT security is an ongoing effort that strives to protect university systems, networks and data. For more information, contact Radford University's IT Security Officer.