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After a flaw was discovered in the Log4J framework in late 2021 —a flaw that affected software and systems around the world —two UAB IT leaders co-moderated a discussion with higher education peers on how to mitigate the security issue.

In their panel, Rachel Moorehead, executive director of infrastructure and operations, and Scott Fendley, information security engineerand architect, focused on the new issues of Log4j and how to protect participants’communities.

The duo shared UAB IT’s methodology on how to identify, track, communicate and mitigate this critical vulnerability within the campus. Log4J is used on campus and worldwide, in apps suchas those created by Amazon, Google, IBM, and many others. “UAB, and in particular UAB IT, was presented as a model for collaboration and communication about crisis response activities,” Fendleysaid. “This in turn, spreads the word about the institution and the collaborative activities within the IT space.”