THE BROWSER MENACE. Security
research and education organization The
SANS Institute has
revealed its list of the top 10 cyber security
menaces for 2008. Topping the list:
increasingly sophisticated website attacks
that exploit browser vulnerability, especially
on trusted websites; increasing
sophistication and effectiveness in botnets;
and cyber espionage efforts by wellresourced
organizations looking to extract
large amounts of data, particularly using
targeted phishing. Read more here.
GOING GREEN. Control and automation
systems vendor Crestron Electronics has joined the US
Green Building Council. "Our goal is to share our expertise
and experience in controlling and managing
systems to maximize energy conservation
and cost savings," says Randy
Klein, executive VP of Crestron.
PARTNERING FOR COURSE
a provider of rich digital media services
for colleges and universities, has partnered
with class capture vendor Tegrity to increase availability
will allow a
school to provide
classes and lectures,
to other richmedia
owned and licensed by the institution,
all integrated into the teaching and
SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE is
using Google optimization
technology to target specific
regions of the US and find the
right student candidates.
TARGETED RECRUITMENT. To
locate potential students, Sweet Briar
College, the small women's college in
central Virginia, is now using geography-based
technology developed by
marketing solutions provider Digital
The technology enables Sweet Briar to
target young women who fit the school's
student profile in regions of the US
where it previously has drawn applicants.
Prospective candidates in the targeted
marketing areas then see a link sponsored
by Sweet Briar when they search
responsive keywords (the words were
researched by Digital Motion through
student profiling and lifestyle analytics).
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WIRELESS ACQUISITION. Usercentric
network and secure mobility solutions
provider Aruba Networks has purchased AirWave Wireless, a
developer of wireless network management
software. AirWave will operate as a
business unit of Aruba.
SUN TO NAB MYSQL. Sun
announced a definitive agreement to
According to company spokespeople,
Sun hopes the pairing will drive new
adoption of MySQL's open source database
in more traditional applications
and enterprises. Read more here.
COMBINING FOR BI. SAP has acquired business intelligence
vendor Business Objects. As part of the
companies' integration, they have
announced an initial slate of joint
product offerings, including tools for
financial performance management;
governance, risk, and compliance; and
visualization and reporting.
BB MOVES INTO ALERT
AND NOTIFICATION MARKET. Blackboard has
announced it will acquire The NTI
Group, a provider
of mass messaging and notification
solutions for education and government
organizations. Read more here.
NEW NAME, SAME GAME. Virtual
business simulation program provider
Management Simulations has changed
its name to Capsim Management Simulations.
The new name brings the company's
identity in line with its existing
web address, www.capsim.com.
NEW EMBANET CIO. Online
education provider Embanet has appointed
to the newly
of CIO. Conrad
Embanet's IT infrastructure, including
course development and technical