Security & Privacy


Research: Ordinary People Turn into Trolls Too

A research project coming out of Cornell University and Stanford University found that online trolls are made, not born. Oftentimes, their origins come from how a person is feeling at the moment and whether others are displaying troll-like behavior too, the researchers found.

Survey: IoT Overtakes Mobile as Security Threat

This year, the Internet of Things surpassed mobile as a potential avenue of cyber attack, according to a report from ISACA, a nonprofit association focused on knowledge and practices for information systems.



APLU Urges Campuses to Consider Use of Body-Worn Cameras

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Thursday issued a policy brief advocating for the use of body-worn cameras (BWCs) for campus police departments. The report outlines the benefits, considerations and best practices for BWCs for campus leaders.

You've Been Hacked! Explaining Cybersecurity to Students in an Interconnected Era

Computer hackers, also known as cybercriminals, are infiltrating our world with ever-increasing sophistication. It is critical that students understand both the benefits and risks of their devices — especially their smartphones. Educators have an important role to play in helping students understand and safely navigate an internet-connected world.

NSA Recognizes Virginia Tech, U of Nebraska at Omaha for Security Education

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have named two new universities to join the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. The University of Nebraska Omaha and Virginia Tech are part of the cohort of universities dedicated to designing more interdisciplinary knowledge and hands-on technical skills in cyber operations.

Higher Ed Security Org Uses DNS Database to Track Criminal Action

An organization that provides security services to the research and education community at large has gone public with its adoption of an historic DNS database service.

Campus Safety Platform Offers Emergency Data, Streamlines Reporting

Student engagement platform ClearScholar, with support from Butler University’s police, security and IT departments, launched a new platform that aims to enhance safety technology at colleges and universities.

U of Washington-Madison Twitter Account Up and Running After Hack

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M) yesterday morning had its Twitter account (@UWMadison) hacked by an unauthorized user. The account, which has about 160,000 followers, published four tweets before UW-M staff became aware of the breach.

CMU Researchers Roll Out Machine Learning App to Manage App Privacy Settings

A team of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers launched a mobile app that helps Android users configure many privacy settings necessary to take control of their personal data. The project expands the frontiers of the university’s “IoT expedition,” a collaboration with Google and several other higher ed institutions that aims to create new technology for the Internet of Things.

Google Adds Safety Feature to Android Gmail App After E-Mail Phishing Attack

A day after a widespread e-mail phishing attack that many security experts said was "sophisticated," Google has rolled out a new safeguard to its Android Gmail app.

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