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Director's Message

The digital universe is doubling in size every two years and will multiply 10-fold between 2013 and 2020 - from 4.4 trillion gigabytes to 44 trillion gigabytes. (EMC Corporation)

This progression creates incredible opportunities for research and collaboration. However, with this information explosion also come concerns and a heightened sensitivity regarding security and privacy. To that end, Florida State University is committed to addressing these issues by creating an office that focuses on information security and privacy.

The Director of Information Security and Privacy serves the faculty, staff and students by ensuring the technology resources and data at the university are secure and protected. Florida State University has many critical and sensitive information resources to protect, including computer equipment, software, student data, client information, intellectual property, research and confidential financial and personnel records. The safeguarding of all of these resources is vital to the continued success of the university's business, brand and research.

The Information Security and Privacy Office is working very hard to provide a roadmap for the creation of one centralized information security and privacy program that will be available to all components of the university.

Still, the fact remains that technology alone will not be able to solve all the problems associated with cybersecurity or privacy. Human error is the greatest information security risk-such as clicking on an infected website, misplacing a laptop or sharing a password. Our efforts must also include educating our employees and students on cyber safety. Faculty, staff and students must take an active role to protect confidential records. Information security and privacy is a shared responsibility.

We look forward to working with the campus community as we move towards achieving Florida State University's mission of protecting the data of our faculty, staff, students and alumni.






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