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Higher Education and the New Cybersecurity Frontier Collaboration and the exchange of ideas within the university setting serves as the very cornerstone upon which these schools were built, yet the lack of network boundaries also creates unique cybersecurity challenges. The University of California Berkeley, Harvard University, University of Connecticut, Rutgers and Penn State are all esteemed academic institutions with many commonalities, including their reputations as internationally renowned research facilities. But they also share another less appealing quality: all have been victims of cybersecurity breaches in recent years with impacts ranging from compromised personal data to shutting down systems across an entire IT network. Higher education by its very nature is built upon the concept of openness and the sharing of information. Collaboration and the exchange of ideas within the university setting serves as the very cornerstone upon which these schools were built, yet the lack of network boundaries also creates unique cybersecurity challenges. This is especially true when it comes to balancing academic research and educational missions with the need for stronger computer controls which can often be perceived as prohibitive or as a constraint, especially by faculty and researchers. 28 | CURRENT 2015-2016 Stronger Together | 29