Network hacks and attacks are the biggest worry OF campus CIOs. The 2005 survey conducted by The Campus Computing Project reveals that 30.4 percent of IT executives are concerned about security breaches, up from 21.1 percent in 2004. These CIOs have good reason to fret: During 2005 half of them experienced direct hacks and attacks on their networks. The Campus Computing Project, which added detailed network security questions for the first time with its recent national survey, notes that 41.2 percent of all colleges and universities experienced major spyware infestations during 2005, while 35.2 percent were infected with computer viruses. Close to 20 percent dealt with security incidents such as identity theft during the calendar year covered.
"The 2005 survey data mark a major shift in campus IT priorities from instructional integration to security and ERP/infrastructure issues," says Kenneth Green, the project's founding director. Green highlights other findings to ponder: a full four years after 9/11 only 57.4 percent of respondents have a strategic plan for IT disaster recovery. The damage done by Hurricane Katrina, along with the spate of IT breaches, should be fair reminder to any CIO to create or update a disaster plan, he warns.
While higher ed budgets are reportedly tight overall, the IT professionals surveyed indicated they are working with more money. As usual, the private colleges are doing better, with 50 percent of the respondents in private IHEs reporting that their IT budgets were increased during 2005. For more survey detail, or to order a copy, visit www.campuscomputing.net. -J.M.A.