Well Prepared for Crisis
UArizona is founded on a powerful mission: “We will continuously improve how we educate and innovate so we can lead the way in developing disruptive problem-solvers capable of tackling our greatest challenges.” And when UArizona Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer Lanita Collette joined the team in 2017, she turned to the Splunk platform as a way to further the university’s inspiring mission.
“When I arrived at the University of Arizona, one of the first things I did was bring Splunk on campus to help us develop stronger information security practices,” says Collette. “I had an inkling that the Splunk platform would prove very valuable, not just for security or running our infrastructure practice better, but also for the campus and questions we would need to answer in the future.”
Fast-forward a few years to when the university needed to ask unforeseen questions around navigating a global pandemic. With the Splunk platform, UArizona was ready to spring into action — fast. In only two weeks, the university transitioned its 60,000 students, faculty and staff to a fully remote learning and working environment.
“We inadvertently were very well prepared to handle the pandemic,” says Collette. “Not only by being able to pivot quickly to remote learning but also by already having an analytics platform that allowed us to use data to make our decisions.”