3 Considerations for Your Research Administration Software’s Security

There’s no doubt that safety and security is among software user’s top concerns. Higher education systems are a constant target for cyber-attacks.

According to Educause, the #1 issue among IT professionals in higher ed is still information security. We understand the concerns involved in an institution using a research administration software. Simply take a look at this graph dating back five years. This demonstrates a steady increase in Google searches for the phrase “software data security”: 

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The security topic will always be a concern when working with a software.  We want research administrator’s last concern to be the safety of their software. Here are a few things to consider when it comes to your institution’s software:

Sign On

There are many ways to tackle security issues, beginning with sign-on. It’s up to you to decide whether you need single sign-on or multi-factor authentication. The differences between the two are the hoops a user needs to go through to sign on to a platform. Single sign-on only asks for a username and password. This is enough for most universities, considering the encryption used in the software itself. The advantage here is the user only has to remember one password. OneRamp works with your IT department to allow users to use their own university credentials.

Multi-factor uses more than a username and password. The user may be asked to provide a fingerprint, voice or facial recognition, GPS location, or other authentications. OneRamp allows the user to decide which type of authentication to use.

Encryption

Encryption happens when information or data is converted into a code designed to prevent unauthorized access. Using a software that encrypts data is a must-have for your institution. Our system is designed to host sensitive data, regulated workloads, and address the most stringent U.S. government security and compliance requirements. The infrastructure has been designed and managed in alignment with strict regulation, standards, and best-practices. All of our programming language code and system data in our system is encrypted at rest as well as transmission. This ensures that the data cannot be read by unauthorized people.

Privacy

Nothing could be more important than the privacy of your software. Whether it’s student data, research projects or analyzing data, you need to know what this information is being used for. That is a great question to ask when considering purchasing a new research administration software. Other questions should include how is the software protected, what are the systems of controls, and how transparent is the company toward your privacy needs.

Get Started with OneRamp

It is safe to say that the security of the software you choose should be a priority and we are here to make sure you feel secure. Contact the OneRamp team today to learn more about what we can do for you. Request more information here.