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A Letter from Don Welch, Chief Information Security Officer

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We live in a very challenging security environment.  Foreign nations, criminals, and activists constantly attack universities across the nation and Penn State is not immune.  Not only is Penn State at risk from fines, loss of research funding, loss of information and a diminishment of our reputation, but members of our community can suffer serious financial and other impacts from a breach.

Research universities are complex institutions built on values of autonomy, innovation, discovery and collaboration.  Keeping Penn State safe while it continues to be a great university is a challenge that involves some risk.  Working together, we can keep Penn State safe while we continue to excel in teaching, research and service.

We have different roles, but we all play a part in keeping Penn State safe.  First we have to know where the high risk information is stored.  It is your responsibility to know whether or not you work with high risk information and take the appropriate steps to protect it.  We must keep our systems patched and we have to be careful whenever we are working on our computers.

This website will help you get the information you need to do your part.  Whether you are a student, staff, faculty or IT professional we have tabs to get you to the information you need as quickly as possible.  If you have questions or issues please reach out to the Office of Information Security, we’ll do our best to help as soon as we can.  We are!




Donald J. Welch, Ph.D.

Chief Information Security Officer

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