Defense in Depth includes DEI

A holistic defense in depth approach to higher education cybersecurity needs to incorporate both the technologies and people that help protect end-users. IT departments cannot assume that all users have the same motivations, especially when colleges and universities create carefully cultivated campus communities by focusing on DEI.

As higher education’s IT stacks increasingly incorporate cloud services, CIOs need to push for greater inclusion across the IT department. DEI cannot be limited to the campus student and faculty body because when the IT department itself is not representative of the campus, the IT professionals become disconnected from their end-users. Creating diverse and inclusive teams within the IT department can better protect the university’s IT stack while adding the institution’s overarching DEI mission.