Investing in procedures, training, and equipment that can make networks more secure is well worth the expense for higher-education institutions, and not only for the savings to bank accounts—and reputations—that can result from avoiding costly security breaches.

“In a time of increased national security concerns, pressure is mounting for colleges to gain better control of their computer networks—or risk losing federal grant money for research,” Michael A. McRobbie, vice president of information technology for the Indiana University system, recently told an audience at the annual meeting of the higher-ed technology advocacy group EDUCAUSE.

James Webb, chief information officer at West Texas A&M...

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