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Syllabus News Update for September 12, 2003

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News for Friday, September 12, 2003
* Intrusion Detection System Gets High Marks in SobigF Attack
* Stanford Supercomputing Cluster Delves into Bio Research
* Firms to Integrate Finance, Procurement Offerings
* Bellarmine University Introduces Multi-Use Identification Card
* Deals, Awards, Acquisitions in Higher Education
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Intrusion Detection Tool Gets High Marks in Sobig F Attack

Much ink was spilled reporting on the havoc wreaked in
the university community by the recent Sobig F virus.
But what about schools adequately prepared for the onslaught?
What tools were they using? The University of North Carolina
was getting 100,000 infected messages per hour and over 1.5
million in 12-hour period after Sobig hit. John L. Oberlin,
associate vice chancellor for information technology, said
UnityOne, an intrusion detection system it was testing at
the time, was “so effective at blocking the virus” that it
obtained several appliances in order to protect their entire
network. The system from Tipping Point Technologies Inc.,
is an ASIC-based device capable of analyzing traffic through
Layer 7 and blocking malicious traffic at two gigabits-per-second.
Other schools using it include: The University of Texas
Health Science Center at Houston, University of Miami Medical
Center, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Texas
State University and Regis University.

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Stanford Supercomputing Cluster Delves into Bio Research

Stanford University's Bio-X program, which uses 300 Dell
servers in supercomputing cluster to simulate the effects
of medicines in Alzheimer’s disease and cancer, was
recognized by the computer company with a Research Excellence
award. Michael Levitt, chairman of Structural Biology at
Stanford, called the Dell cluster a “massive concentration
of computer power,” whose standard-based approach “will
allow this system to grow as our research and funding dictate.”
The cluster consists of 302 Dell PowerEdge 2650 servers
with dual IntelXeon processors running Red Hat Linux. It
connects to one terabyte of Dell PowerVault storage and
uses 32 Dell PowerConnect switches for Gigabit Ethernet
network connectivity. Stanford’s cluster ranks 319 on the
Top 500 list of supercomputers at

Bellarmine University Introduces Multi-Use Identification Card

Bellarmine University unveiled a multi-use smart card
that allows the 2,400 students and 200 faculty and staff
on its Louisville, Ky.-based campus to check out books
from libraries, purchase meals without cash, and gain
access to campus fitness facilities and other amenities.
The card also can be used as an ATM card on and off campus.
The school’s banking vendor is U.S. Bank, which has
targeted higher ed as a market. It offers a line of
products and services to universities, including campus
ID cards, student loans, Internet banking, and pre-paid
spending cards.

Firms to Integrate Finance, Procurement Offerings

SCT and e-procurement company SciQuest Inc. will market
a service that marries SciQuest's HigherMarkets e-procurement
solution with the SCT Banner Finance system. HigherMarkets
for SCT Banner will help schools tie their procurement and
finance systems together, access and update the same financial
information in real time, and avoid duplicate data and redundant
processes. Through real-time validation of funds availability,
schools may also check that budgetary commitments
are within compliance tolerances and are recorded appropriately.
HigherMarkets is a suite of applications for procurement and
financial systems designed to manage a school’s entire procurement process.

Deals, Awards, in Higher Education

-- The Art Institutes, a subsidiary of Education Management
Corp, purchased 4,000 licenses of Discreet, three-dimensional
animation and visual effects software developed by Autodesk.
The licenses will be distributed among 26 Art Institute locations
in the U.S. and Canada. Offering innovative curriculum in digital
design, animation, visual effects and motion graphics, The Art
Institutes will use the software to rain student software artists
and operators in 3D, compositing visual effects and encoding.

-- The University College of Engineering and Technology Malaysia
in Kuantan, Malaysia, deployed an integrated suite of voice and
data telecommunications services, including infrastructure, 10G
Ethernet and wireless LAN, IP Telephony and contact center
applications. The systems and services are all from Avaya Inc.,
an IP networking company which says it supplies networks for 90
percent of the Fortune 500. The new network makes possible the
university's Library-on-Server application, whereby reference
books are stored on the server for students to read online or
download into their computer notebooks. This initiative
drastically reduces the cost of maintaining a large library of
books and a team of librarians to manage it.

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