Vanderbilt University recently experimented with the use of smartphones as a mechanism to unlock access on campus.
Education technology company SchoolDude has entered the school security segment with the launch of CrisisManager, an application that allows administrators to make emergency plans available on users' iOS and Android mobile devices.
The University of Arkansas is adding a new app to its safety arsenal.
A company with a public safety situation management platform is expanding that with the addition of technology for access control and mobile reporting and response.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has gone public with its choice of switch technology to perform packet filtering and traffic aggregation on its research network.
Little is known about the "trust relationships" that exist among users, the smartphone platform and the surrounding ecosystem, including smartphone apps and the app markets. But a research team at the University of California Santa Barbara has received a $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to research the topic.
Between device loss or theft, idle malware introduced via smartphone update requests, rogue hotspots and poorly-coded apps, IT leaders in education need to start girding themselves for an onslaught of security threats related to the mobile devices carried by students and staff. According to Gartner, over the next year and through the end of 2015, more than three-quarters of mobile apps will fail "basic security tests."
The National Cyber League will offer colleges the opportunity to participate in games and labs to improve students' cybersecurity skills.
Washington, D.C.'s Howard University will be beta testing a new mobile app still in development that's intended to provide "social safety," on college campuses.
The Carnegie Mellon University recently received a $5.6 million grant through the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service, a federal program that provides scholarships to students who expect to become federal information assurance professionals.