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With a new administration taking over in Washington D.C., educators and technologists alike are redoubling their emphasis on 21st Century Campus. In the world of higher education, this means a renewed commitment to familiarizing students with the hardware, software and services that can prepare them to meet challenges of the new millennium. Most 21st Century Campus initiatives also are designed to help students develop the ability to communicate, collaborate, think critically, utilize media to gather information and incorporate awareness of the world around them.  To prepare for the campus of tomorrow, we all must act today.

The State of School Security

This fall, CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), conducted its third annual Higher Education IT Security Report Card, surveying 151 higher education IT directors and managers to examine the status of IT security on campuses.

The results are not happy ones. Over half the respondents suffered at least one electronic security breach in the past year. Loss or theft of data is up 10%. Schools lack fully integrated physical and IT security systems, as well as resources and funding. And students and faculty alike aren't aware of security policies and disregard the ones they are aware of.

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Assessing School Security

If you attend Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, you're no doubt familiar with its "Don't be a Tad' campaign—a series of amusing, illustrated episodes about "Tad Ramey" that appear on the university's website, e.g.:

Tad Ramey does not think twice about replying to an e-mail from his bank with personal information.

Unfortunately for him, it is a phishing scam.

Tad may as well have shouted his personal information to the world.

Tad is trapped in the phishing scam.

His identity is stolen.

When he is alone, Tad knows it is OK to cry.

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Vicky Stormo

Vicky Stormo

"Unfortunately, it takes a tragedy to wake people up."

Brian Voss

Brian Voss

"A problem in IT security can derail everything else you're trying to do."

Resources for the 21st-Century Campus

These resources are provided to give you fresh perspectives on the meaning of 21st-century learning, the role of technology in facilitating the teaching of 21st-century skills, and the relevance of these skills as students are prepared to enter the general workforce.

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