The Hoot - Episode 28 - Securing Higher Education Networks with Fatema Bannat Wala
June 23rd, 2020
In this week’s episode, John has a conversation with higher education security engineer Fatema Bannat Wala about the challenges of providing network security in a university setting. She has experience working as a security engineer for the University of Delaware and is currently working for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in the Energy Sciences Network.
Fatema shares how she was drawn to transition from being a software engineer to being a security engineer because of diverse and novel challenges security provides on a daily basis. She explains the forces driving those challenges – universities have a wide variety of data they’d like to protect, a never-ending rapid rotation of users, inconsistent mobile device IPs, and a wide variety of compliance regulations like HIPAA and PCI.
She outlines some security best practices and defense strategies for protecting university assets. She recommends practicing network segmentation in order to prevent a compromise in one causing additional problems in another.
Fatema provides tips for security engineers who are just getting started. She points to the value of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit organization that specializes in sharing technology resources and providing mentorship for higher education users in technology.
Listen to the full podcast and gain a greater appreciation of the many threats faced by security engineers working in education and a few ideas for dealing with them.
To hear more security use cases for centralized log management in university settings, join us for a Higher Education Roundtable featuring guests from Brigham Young University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.