When a prospective student phones a college for information, answering questions quickly might mean the difference between enrolling that student and having that student decide to go elsewhere.
Research and education organization the SANS Institute this week revealed its list of the top menaces facing IT in the coming year. Echoing earlier reports from security watchdog organizations, the group's "Top-10 Cyber Security Menaces for 2008" cited Web 2.0 technologies, converged devices, botnets, and browser addons among the worst, with a heavy emphasis on consumerized technologies and the vulnerabilities they present.
Clemson University in South Carolina has beefed up its campus safety systems with the expansion of emergency notification systems and a new university safety site that provides information on safety issues and signups for messaging services.
The state of Louisiana has selected Omnilert's e2Campus communications system for use as an emergency notification platform for higher education. Through the State Contract for Emergency Notification Services, Louisiana colleges and universities will be able to purchase the system without the need for an additional RFP, according to Omnilert.
Bethel University in Minnesota has deployed the Enterasys Network Access Control for more than 7,000 students, faculty, and staff to help manage more than 4,000 networked devices. The NAC provides role-based policy management for security and bandwidth control.
Higher education mobile services provider Rave Wireless has joined the SunGard Higher Education Collaborative and said it will provide mobile services, including alerts and collaborative technologies, for SunGard customers. The SunGard HE Collaborative is a network of companies whose stated aim is to help "colleges and universities build and manage reliable, integrated solutions that extend and enhance a unified digital campus."
With 80,000 students and 24 campuses across a state that's intimately familiar with inclement weather, Pennsylvania State University clearly needs a reliable--and redundant--system of emergency notification.
Nortel has launched an initiative to use service-oriented architecture (SOA) technology to more flexibly support the communications needs of enterprises and organizations. A number of plans and ideas are associated with the initiative, which Nortel calls "Communications Enablement."
George Washington University is deploying GW Alert, a system based on ActiveAccess from BIA Information Network, a private label campus security application installed on student, staff and faculty computers to alert students to campus safety events.
First Alert System Text (FAST) has launched a new grant program for colleges and universities, offering no-cost implementation and service for its text message-based emergency notification system. Through the Secure Campus Grant program, 100 higher ed campuses in the United States will be awarded the notification system.