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Institutions of higher learning, including seminaries and theological schools around the world are increasingly faced with not just keeping information safe, but needing to be proactive against external cyber-threats on a global scale. Unlike the world of twenty-five years ago, unknown actors 10,000 miles away have the potential to infiltrate, infect, hold hostage with ransomware, and even destroy our valued information. In this presentation I will address both the functional, relevant, and practical questions about cybersecurity in seminaries and theological schools, and the theological and ethical questions about being proactive stewards of cyber-infrastructure. The role of cybersecurity reaches all members of a community and can affect everything from student library accounts to the reputation of an institution. In this paper we will look at both the practical and the theological-ethical nature of cybersecurity in theological institutions, and ask how we can be more engaged and better protected against potential threats.
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