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Thursday, June 16 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Session 6 - Moving Toward Risk Acceptance: Embracing IT Risk to Advance Institutional Mission

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“Lock it down!” is the traditional response IT administrators offer when faced with IT risk: Closing firewall ports, removing access privileges, and increasing authentication controls are common responses when IT risk rears its ugly head. While IT risk can rarely, if ever, be avoided, IT risk managers often assume risk mitigation/reduction as a starting point as they seek to protect organizational IT assets and data. In an era of IT consumerization, including bring-your-own-device and cloud-based infrastructure, platform, and software services, such control becomes an illusion as campus community expectations, access, and abilities change. This discussion session will attempt to re-orient IT risk management with risk acceptance as the appropriate starting point, with risk mitigation/reduction a last resort, to unlock IT opportunity for organizational mission and goals.


Ted Wilder

Associate Director of Information Technology Services, Macalester College
Ted Wilder is the Associate Director of Information Technology Services at Macalester College overseeing academic technology, help desk, and telecommunication services. Ted has worked in higher education IT for 10 years with seven years in leadership positions transforming digital and physical learning spaces to achieve educational goals and maximizing the value of IT investments for organizational strategy. Prior to working in higher... Read More →

Thursday June 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Science Addition 214 Science Center