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The Career of the IT Security Officer in Higher Education

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


This ECAR occasional paper reports the result of a study designed to understand and document the attributes and responsibilities of the relatively new role of information security officer in higher education. The study employed multiple research strategies, including a literature review, an analysis of 59 job announcements and descriptions, 311 responses to a web-based quantitative survey, and qualitative interviews with individuals who answered the survey and agreed to be contacted for additional information.

Citation for this work: Goodyear, Marilu, Gail Salaway, Mark R. Nelson, Rodney Petersen, and Shannon Portillo. The Career of the IT Security Officer in Higher Education (Occasional Paper, Issue 1). Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, 2009, available from

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