How IIE moved mountains to build a culture of cybersecurity

As a global education center, the Institute of International Education (IIE) knows the importance of protecting the PPI of its more than 29,000 students and scholars across the world in an industry commonly seen as an easy target for cybercriminals. IIE also knows the impact of truly effective education.

Learn what made IIE an Engagement Award finalist and how they pioneered new ground within their security culture.

Aligning cybersecurity with the IIE mission

Over the past two years, IIE has shifted to a belief that effective information security and data protection takes a village to execute properly.

“We have a duty to protect the data provided to us by those we serve from undue security risk,” said Allan Goodman, CEO and president of IIE. Shannon McPherson, director of information security and compliance, takes this mission to heart and applies it directly to IIE’s security awareness efforts.

Knowing a cyberattack is a matter of “when” and not “if,” McPherson set out to re-envision IIE’s cybersecurity training program — and she had her work cut out of her. Their previous training program was characterized by infrequent training and, in McPheron’s words, the dreaded “Death by Powerpoint” approach. 

IIE also struggled with an issue

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