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December 15, 2014

To: Bowie State University (BSU) Campus Community
From: Wayne Rose, Vice President for Information Technology & CIO
Re: Information Security Program     

The importance of information security within technology has never been more important. In the past few months, we have heard of security breaches at notable companies to include Sony, Home Depot, JP Morgan Bank, Apple Computers, and many more. These security breaches all result in the same thing; they put personal information and data at risk!

BSU takes the security of our data and information systems seriously, and as a member of the University System of Maryland (USM), we adhere to USM Security Standards. Therefore, we continue to work aggressively to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of our systems to ensure they are not compromised.

To do so, the Division of Information Technology (DIT):

  • Has hired a Senior Information Assurance Analyst
  • Is formalizing a security roadmap with a formal security awareness program, which includes a comprehensive university technical risk assessment strategy
  • Is updating IT policies and procedures with industry best practices
  • Has implemented new network technology and
  • Will secure the wireless network requiring users to login by early 2015

In the coming weeks, we will share with the campus community additional details pertaining to the information security video training program entitled “Securing the Human.” The overall training program is a partnership between EDUCAUSE, SANS Institute and BSU. This training fulfills the standards and requirements set by USM, State and Federal Laws.

Please note that updated information can be found via the new IT Status Alerts section of the DIT website: http://www.bowiestate.edu/it/it-status-alerts/ and specific information under News and Updates: http://www.bowiestate.edu/it/news-and-updates/.

Thank you.