Academic Freedom vs. Data Security

Presented at SAINTCON 2019, Oct. 24, 2019, 3 p.m. (60 minutes)

Historically, in higher-education, "academic freedom" has often been a phrase used as a trump card to avoid implementing data security. In this presentation, I make the case that data security is not the antithesis of collaboration and innovation, but rather an integral part in providing educators, scientists, and researchers an environment where learning and discovery can flourish.


  • Corey Roach - University of Utah
    Corey Roach is an information security professional with more than twenty years of experience in higher education, research, and healthcare environments. Corey started his career in an era when "cyber" was a word only used by sci-fi authors and ethernet came in "thick" and "thin" varieties. He came up through the ranks in one of the most challenging infosec environments imaginable and now provides strategic leadership to a team of over 30 talented infosec practitioners.