I debated posting this because we have so many great UH faculty members as members, and I don't want this to turn into a bash-fest on the people who were instrumental in helping us grow this community. That being said, it wouldn't be honest for us not to address the issue. Obviously three major security breaches in a year indicates a very serious problem. I'm sure most of you have read the articles, but for those who haven't:
From the Star Advertiser:
A faculty member at the West Oahu campus apparently inadvertently uploaded personal information of 40,101 students to the Web. The information belongs to students who attended the West Oahu campus from 1988 to 1993, and Manoa students from 1990 to 1998 and in 2001.
The information was posted by a now-retired Institutional Research Office faculty member at 2:46 p.m. Nov. 30, 2009.
Everything from a student's Social Security number and citizenship to the highest level of education attained by parents, marital status and addresses were available online until Oct. 18, when the Liberty Coalition in Washington, D.C., discovered the information through a Google search.
The evidence that we have a problem is incontrovertible. Rather than attacking UH, lets figure out how we can help. I've listed some of my ideas below. If you know something about security, please contribute yours.
There is no such thing as perfect security for any non-trivial system. That being said, we need to raise the bar considerably. The success of UH is critical to our state, and that success is contingent on students feeling that their personal data is secure.