[ISN] OU hires top computer security company

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Fri Jul 21 2006 - 02:41:52 PDT



Ohio University has retained the services of one of the world's top 
computer-security firms to help it reorganize its information technology 
services for better data security.

President Roderick McDavis reported at a regularly scheduled press 
conference Wednesday that OU expects to pay in the neighborhood of 
$170,000 to the Gartner Group of Stamford, Mass., for its services.

OU has announced that it will undertake a major restructuring in its IT 
area, after a series of computer security breaches that exposed personal 
information for thousands of students, alums, donors and subcontractors to 
possible theft.

McDavis also reported that two top IT officials who were suspended on the 
advice of a consultant who investigated the hacking incidents had a 
hearing last week.

Communication Network Services Director Tom Reid and Unix Systems Manager 
Todd Acheson are fighting efforts by OU to terminate them for their 
alleged responsibility in allowing the security breaches to occur.


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