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University of Chicago – Biological Sciences Division

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University of Chicago: Biological Sciences Division Case Study

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The University’s decentralized structure and open culture challenge information security

Many decentralized organizations struggle with comprehensive information security because of the way they’re structured and communicate. The University of Chicago exemplifies this. Since its founding in 1890, the university’s enduring commitment has been twofold: open inquiry and inter-disciplinary research. Given this, the university values an open exchange of ideas and knowledge sharing, which presents a more challenging task for information security.

As an integral part of the university, the Biological Sciences Division (BSD) sought a workaround for information security that would address vulnerability management while preserving the open culture. BSD includes 5,000 faculty and staff, spread across 32 departments and spanning fields in both biological and clinical research all operating independently. The university’s decentralized structure meant all 32 BSD departments had their own management and IT support and with different cyber security requirements. For example, some departments are focused on basic research involving model (non-human) organisms, some departments support research using controlled access human genomic data, some work with Protected Health Information, and some require systems that must operate with FISMA Low or Moderate procedures and controls. 

How would these two aspects coalesce under the umbrella of increased information security, specifically vulnerability management?

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