College Planning & Management

JUN 2012

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Campus Scene IN THE SPOTLIGHT HotTips This Month Safety & Security Getting a Handle on APTs ADVANCED PERSISTENT THREATS, ALSO known as APTs, bypass traditional methods of intrusion detection on campus networks, leaving victims unaware that the network is compromised. Most alarmingly, APTs target endpoints of least resistance, such as multifunc- tion printers and mobile devices. Quite simply, the processes that used to se- cure workstations and institution-owned laptops are no longer realistic, given the sheer number of devices that touch the network. And how does an institution prevent something that it cannot see? Because an APT exploits its target's weak- nesses, data loss prevention (DLP) is key to APT protection. DLP involves three steps to manage sensitive data. First, run a security assessment to understand your vulnerabilities, identify where sensitive data resides, and understand who has access to sensi- tive fi les. Next, monitor the fl ow of confi dential data to understand how it is handled and shared. Finally, develop a centralized management framework that enables IT managers to set and update access levels and permissions for users. While APTs are designed to be stealthy, once an attack occurs, IT managers can still take steps to detect them. Analyze network traffi c to determine if systems are making unfamiliar connections outside of the network. Addition- ally, implement a proxy server, which will fl ag requests that violate security policies. The fi rst step to curing an infection is pinpointing each compromised machine. Next, develop a process for cleaning the system, which may involve applying patches or making system updates. It is important to understand that APTs are often multi-pronged, and it may take several cycles before a machine is completely clean. For this reason, it is critical to keep thorough records of what was found on each device, and how and when it was cleaned, to ensure that efforts are effective. Peyton Engel is a technical architect at CDW Government (CDW-G, www.cdwg.com). He can be contacted at peyton.engel@cdw.com. { CONT. FROM PAGE 3 } to provide elevated auditorium seating. Welliver made sure the project included a vegetative roof, skylights, an indoor garden, chilled beams for cooling the building, and radiant-heat fl ooring. Milstein Hall is a versatile pedagogi- cal space for Cornell's top-ranked archi- tecture program. The building's 25,000 sq. ft. of fl exible studio space opened in August 2011. The 250-seat state-of-the- art auditorium opened in October and functions as a central events location within the college. ISU 'Guarantees' Degrees Indiana State University has an- nounced a four-year graduation guarantee for students enrolling this fall and beyond. The guarantee assures eligible students they will be able to complete a bachelor's degree within four years. If not, they will be able to take remaining courses tuition-free. University offi cials say the guarantee is part of Indiana State's NOW ON WEBCPM.COM FREE WEBINAR — NOW ON DEMAND ongoing commitment to keeping college affordable for students and will also help ensure a quicker launch for their careers. To take advantage of the guarantee, students must sign a contract during their freshman year. If they meet their commitments under the contract and fi nd themselves unable to graduate in four years, the University will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for any remaining required courses. John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing, and communications, notes that the fi nancial rewards of on-time graduation go beyond the savings in tuition and other college expenses. "Four-year graduates will be able to enter the workforce earlier than many college graduates," Beacon says. "Sav- ings from on-time graduation and earn- ings realized from working sooner can be worth $48,000 in the fi rst year." The guarantee applies to all pro- grams of 128 semester hours or less. { KEEPING YOU UP TO DATE } Impact On Learning: Transforming the Learning Environment… One Piece at a Time Join us for this free webinar where we will take an in-depth look at what is happening in education today; what the trends are in facilities and design; and selected examples of what is being done at schools and colleges across the nation to transform the learning environment... one piece at a time. FREE WEBINAR — NOW ON DEMAND In Pursuit of Zero Waste - A Strategy for Greening Your Campus — Featuring University of Arizona's Inclusive Sustainability Program Join Kristin Marino, Waste Management's Higher Education Strategic Business director, as she discusses the pursuit of zero waste and strategies for greening your campus, including best practices for maximizing the value of material streams, increasing diversion rates, enhancing student engagement, and funding waste diversion programs on campus. Also hear from Christopher Kopach, University of Arizona's assistant vice president of Facilities Management, to discover how he and his team have lead the implementation of an inclusive sustainability program that is set to increase diversion by 10 percent each year. 8 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JUNE 2012 WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM

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