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February 19, 2021

K-State research security platform featured in EDUCAUSE Report

Submitted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Division of Information Technology

The Research Information Security Enclave, or RISE, has been selected for inclusion in the 2021 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report | Information Security Edition as one of the exemplar projects highlighted.  

The report profiles important trends and key technologies and practices shaping the future of information security and envisions a number of scenarios and implications for that future. The report is part of a new showcase series that spotlights the most urgent issues facing higher education. 

RISE was developed by Kansas State University, through a partnership between the Office of the Vice President for Research, Information Technology Services and Microsoft, in response to requirements from the federal government for safeguarding information including controlled unclassified information. 

"Higher education is becoming increasingly regulated," said Gary Pratt, chief information officer at K-State. "It's not going to stop — it's going to ramp up. That's why I like the approach we're taking. We have a pre-established environment that allows us to respond. I'm much more comfortable with increasing regulation of administrative data because we've already done it with our research data."

One of the innovative aspects of RISE is that that it leverages a cloud-based architecture to meet the federal controlled unclassified information safeguarding requirements. RISE also offers centralized management and oversight of expenses, while achieving economies of scale across all controlled unclassified information-related efforts at the university.

RISE enables K-State to meet contractual obligations and to be a trusted partner with other institutions as well as sponsors in safeguarding sensitive research.

"The capabilities of RISE allow K-State to easily and securely share sensitive data between institutions and to facilitate reporting in multi-university sponsored projects," said Beth Montelone, interim vice president for research.

Learn more about RISE at k-state.edu/rise.