Responding to App Security Concerns in 2012

By Tina Thorstenson posted 01-10-2012 12:12 PM

  

Happy New Year!  I hope you had some time to relax over the past few weeks while the students were away.  However, if you have a calendar looks anything like ASU's your students may already be back on campus! 

While it may be a new year, we're still dealing with many of the same old security concerns... but I do have some good news for those of you who wander into the world of security every now and then.  There is a Securing Your PeopleSoft App Environment document, one of the most comprehensive I've ever seen, at http://download.oracle.com/peopletools/documents/Securing_PSFT_App_Environment_May2010%20v4.pdf. In addition to spreading the word about this document, this is also a call to action.  I'd like your feedback.

In recent months, I've spoken to many of you about the need to improve security awareness in higher education.  It's one of the strategic initiatives for the TAG and will receive even more attention in 2012. A few ways in which the HEUG is addressing security are to:

1) continue to bring awareness to critical patch updates (CPUs) delivered quarterly by Oracle,

2) partner with other higher education organizations like Educause and REN-ISAC, and

3) work with Oracle to deliver more effective security documentation. 

If you have a few minutes over the next week or two to review this document for securing your PeopleSoft environment or have other ideas for improving other security documents from Oracle, I look forward to hearing from you.  

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