Ball security is essential to a football team's success. Similarly, data security is essential to a university's success because data security failures requires repurposing resources that could have been used to further the university's mission. Eight recent incidents highlight how simple data handling errors caused these universities to fumble data security.

An important part of cybersecurity is compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), an initiative designed to protect payment card data (debit and credit). The university has a committee of finance and IT professionals dedicated to overseeing its compliance effort. What cybersecurity risk is most relevant to WSU?

Further examining the University of Georgia situation where a former employee stole more than $1.3 million from the school's Greek Life Office over 10 years. What controls could have helped someone notice the theft early on?

Continuing our look at the University of Georgia situation where a former employee stole more than $1.3 million from the school's Greek Life Office over 10 years. What controls could have prevented the fraud from happening?

A former University of Georgia employee stole more than $1.3 million from the school's Greek Life Office over 10 years. How did this happen and why did it take so long for someone to notice?

When I first shared the concept of compliance motivators with a group of WSU employees, I followed up with a survey to assess theirs. Where does your compliance motivator align in comparison to your colleagues?

Why do we care about compliance? Compliance expert Kristy Grant-Hart believes everyone relates to at least one of four primary motivators for buying in to a compliance program.

A recent Compliance Perspectives podcast explained how compliance can be a competitive difference maker. Rather than risk-avoidance, an effective compliance function supports effective risk-taking and innovation.

The Higher Education Compliance Alliance compliance matrix lists 270 federal statutes relevant to higher education. Does ethical decision making ensure good compliance with this myriad of laws, rules and regulations?

The grandma test provides a quick and dirty answer to ethics questions, but it's essential to first look for institutional guidance. This 8-point guide begins and ends with that important step.