The Balancing Act: Maintaining a Secure, Usable Multisite Network

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Time: 9:15 - 10:00 am (EDT) (UTC-04:00)
Location: Auditorium
Format: General Lecture Session

Session description

For a number of years, our department's WordPress network, intended primarily for classroom use by faculty and students, was underused thanks in part to policies that prioritized security and risk-aversion over usability. In the fall of 2015, I worked with colleagues in academic technology and IT to develop a maintenance and communication plan that meets our campus' high security standards, while also allowing us to remain flexible and responsive to those we support.

In this session, I will give some brief context, highlight the key points of our plan, discuss areas of future improvement and distribute an electronic copy that others can use as a guide for their own systems.


Ryan Brazell

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Academic Technology Consultant, University of Richmond

Originally from the Jacksonville (FL) area, Ryan is a queer and non-binary feminist, educator, and activist. Ryan’s pronouns are they/them or he/him. Since 2005 he has worked in education technology, with a primary focus on supporting and maintaining WordPress networks. Ryan builds community and helps faculty and students create positive environments for learning. He also agitates to make higher education a safer space for marginalized people.


  • General Lecture Session: The Balancing Act: Maintaining a Secure, Usable Multisite Network

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