Over 100 leaders from 34 Colorado schools take part in 2nd cyberprep exercise

Over 100 leaders from 34 Colorado schools take part in 2nd cyberprep exercise

Mike Abbiatti, WICHE vice president for technology-enhanced education
Mike Abbiatti, WICHE vice president for
technology-enhanced education

WICHE partnered with the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Campus Resilience Program to convene a leadership tabletop cyber-exercise Nov. 30 in Denver to help higher education institutions prepare for cyber threats. Participants worked through a moderated exercise scenario and discussed actionable approaches to directing and bolstering the resilience of their campus communities.

Colorado is only the second state to participate in this state-specific series of exercises, which inaugurated in February in North Dakota and will expand to other states in the coming years. As Mike Abbiatti, WICHE vice president for technology-enhanced education, puts it, “Cyber threats in higher education are based on the fact that all institutions are now digital institutions. Technology development moves much faster than our ability to protect our personal data."