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IT Security Controls in Saudi State Universities: A Technical Case Study


Waleed A. Alrodhan and Ali M. Alqarni


Vol. 18  No. 3  pp. 56-73


Information security has gained a significant importance in the higher education sector, in the past few years. This was a result of the rapid reliance on technology and information processing and mining services, along with increase of the information security attacks in both number of incidents and sophistication. There are 27 state universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the bear a great resemblance with regard to their IT equipment. Hence, in order to form a general conception on their information security status, we have selected one of the biggest state universities in the kingdom to conduct a technical study upon. In this paper, we provide an overview of the university IT architecture, infrastructure and security controls. Also, we discuss a security analysis of the university's security status before we propose a number of security enhancements.


Security, risk, education, eservices, countermeasures