College of Southern Nevada - Getting Out of the Cybersecurity Business Is the Smartest Decision a CISO Can Make

With an estimated 3.5 million cybersecurity positions going unfilled by 2021, according to recent research from Cybersecurity Ventures, it’s near impossible to hire and retain the experts needed to keep up with increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity threats 24x7. This leaves many organizations desperately trying to ward off threats with a patchwork of DIY solutions that all fall short.

In 2019, the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), a public college with 37,000+ students on multiple campuses, found itself in a dilemma. Its efforts to bolster security had resulted in spiraling costs and an unmanageable technology stack.

Yet when Vaithylingam inventoried the CSN technology stack, he found some of the security gear had never been implemented, configured optimally, or updated. Worse yet, many items were reaching end-of-life. “It was a budgeting nightmare, and I wasn’t confident that we were as secure as we should be.”

Allowing this situation to continue was not an option. With ever-tightening budgets, a wealth of personal and research information, and countless unsecured personal devices, higher education is a top target for cybercrime.

Vaithylingam knew things had to change. It was time to get out of the security business.

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