Change at the ND University System Office to concentrate more on cyber security

Jul 13, 2017

Chancellor Mark Hagerott.
Credit ND University System

A job change in the University System office.

Lisa Feldner has been the chief of staff to Chancellor Mark Hagerott, as well as the System’s information technology director. She will now just handle IT.

"Because of the urgent needs we have in cyber-security, and she was an architect for the North Dakota research network some years ago, as well as in high-performacnce computing, I've put her focus on those things," Hagerott said.

Hagerott said there’s a lot to do in that regard.

"According to the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, higher ed is now the number two most penetrated cyber target, as far as institutions," Hagerott said. "The Western Governor's Association has made this a priority."

Hagerott said the University System is working with WICHE to hold the first table-top exercise in cyber-security for campuses.

As for chief of staff, Hagerott said he is taking on those responsibilities.

"There's a lot going on," Hagerott said. "She (Feldner) has done heroic work."

Hagerott said he will likely have both jobs for a while. He said the budget remains tight.