IT Trends :: Thursday, June 29, 2006

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Ohio U Suspends IT Managers over Data Breaches

It seems Ohio U news will never stop coming. In response to three security breaches in the spring (that together exposed more than 200,000 identities), Ohio University suspended its director of communication network services and its manager of Internet systems. Hearings are scheduled to further examine the matter and the future of the two employees’ careers. OU president Roderick McDavis said, “While we cannot correct mistakes of the past, I am determined that the university will learn from these oversights and make the appropriate changes."… (InformationWeek)

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A New Sheriff in Town: Monitoring Outbound Content

A recent InfoPro study reported 72% of surveyed enterprises saying internal security threats are just as much, if not more, of a concern as external attacks. As the IT industry is becoming increasingly hindered with personal data exposures and breaches, perhaps more institutions should implement no-holds-barred security systems that monitor more than just e-mail. This writer describes several products and services that have a proactive approach to network security… (Network World)

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Kent Banning Athlete Web Profiles

Some schools discourage or disallow Facebook.com usage on campus computers, but Kent State is taking student Internet regulations one step further. Athletics director Laing Kennedy just gave Kent’s 400 athletes until August 1st to remove their Facebook profiles, citing the athletes’ safety as the reason for the ban. Side note: There has been a growing nationwide concern about hazing (sparked by photos posted online at sites like Facebook)... (TMCnet)

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Forrester: Skills Shortage Will Worsen Unless Industry Seeds IT Talent

A new report from Forrester shows that IT and programming studies enrollment is significantly dropping. Supposed reasons behind the findings include high school counselors and parents warning students about corporate outsourcing. Laurie Orlov, Forrester’s vice president and research director, says industry professionals and higher education institutions need to work together to address this problem… (InformationWeek)

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