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Campus Security :: April 13, 2007

Security Spotlight

Securing Security Dollars
By John Moore

IT security projects are continually under-funded, despite being a top concern for 2007. Here’s how to make the case for security investment.

It's one of the paradoxes of the technology world: IT security continues to gain visibility as a pressing issue, but the funding for improved data protection doesn’t always flow.

Two recent surveys illustrate this situation. In its 2006 Higher Education IT Security Report Card, CDW-G reported that 84 percent of surveyed higher ed IT directors and managers considered IT security one of their top-five priorities. But less than half of respondents said their executive administrators view IT security with the same sense of urgency. Eighty-one percent of respondents said their IT security budget allocations provide less than what they need. Meanwhile, an Accenture study, Enabling High Performance With Next Generation Infrastructure, showed that more than 90 percent of surveyed government and education IT executives listed security as one of their top two IT priorities for 2007. Yet only about 10 percent of respondents’ IT budgets have been earmarked for security....

Campus Security News

University of California: Once More unto the Breach
Last week's announcement of a potential data security breach at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) may have come as a shock to the 46,000 individuals who received notification that their personal information might had been compromised. But for industry observers, this latest revelation was just another in a long string of security incidents impacting institutions of higher learning....
Michigan State Deploys Security Event Management
Michigan State University is deploying a security management system from CrossTec called Activeworx Security Center. The solution will be used in one of the university's principal data centers to compile and manage security-related data from a variety of third-party systems....
Microsoft Casts Legal Net on Education Software Smugglers
Microsoft filed law suits last week to stop what it charged were smuggling operations that were reselling software intended for students and schools to unsuspecting retail consumers. Microsoft filed nine lawsuits and issued more than 50 cease and desist letters in efforts to shut down the alleged smuggling operations....
Blue Lane Debuts VirtualShield for VMware
Blue Lane Technologies has released a new security utility for VMware called VirtualShield. The tool, developed in cooperation with VMware, is designed to provide protection for the VMware Infrastructure 3 platform....
Promisec Spectator Expands Agentless Endpoint Security
Security solutions provider Promisec has unveiled a new version of its Promisec Spectator Professional, an endpoint security management suite. The latest version adds support for Windows Vista and includes performance and feature enhancements as well....
Wren Updates Video Management System
Wren has updated its video surveillance software for the Wren Video Management System (VMS) to version 3.0. Wren VMS is a security system designed for educational institutions....
Student Googles Self, Discovers Social Security Number(s)
Los Rios Community College District, a Sacramento-area community college district, has sent letters to 2,000 students to let them know their Social Security numbers were mistakenly put online....
GTG Releases Secure Disc Standalone
Global Technologies Group has released SecureDisc Standalone, a utility for encrypting the contents of CD and DVD media....

Coming Up

Managing Your Physical Security
ASIS International
Seattle, WA, APRIL 23-25, 2007
CPM West 2007
Las Vegas, NV, MAY 22-24, 2007
United States Crime Prevention Through
Environmental Design Conference (CPTED) 2007
Las Vegas, NV, AUGUST 1, 2007
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