Security & Privacy


Higher Ed Uncovering New Ways to Apply Data and AI Across Campus

The use of data analytics and artificial intelligence, the inevitability of data breaches and six other topical subjects made up the latest "State of Higher Education" report from consultancy firm Grant Thornton.

Cryptojacking Targets Education

Malicious cryptomining or cryptojacking, as it's called, describes the theft of computer processing resources — electricity, cloud services and other digital assets — that are then exploited to do cryptocurrency mining without the owner's permission or knowledge.



Students Invited to Hunt Down Online Vulnerabilities on Stanford Systems

Stanford University has implemented a "bug bounty" program that pays people for finding vulnerabilities in the university's software systems. Set up by the Information Security office, the program is only open to Stanford students and full-time employees. Rewards range from $50 to $1,000, all paid in Amazon gift cards.

Best Practices for the Release of Data Under FERPA During School Emergencies

"A delicate balance exists between privacy and security in schools," a recent federal report on school safety noted. "On the one hand, there is the legal requirement to protect the privacy of student education records. On the other hand, it is critical to recognize that some education records may contain information that, if disclosed to appropriate officials, could help prevent students from harming themselves or others."

American Universities Are Next Battlefront for U.S.-China Tech Debate

The federal government is grappling with how to develop policies to curb Chinese economic espionage at American universities without falling into racial or ethnic profiling.

Microsoft Introduces edX-Based Cybersecurity Training Program

Microsoft has introduced a new series of open access courses on cybersecurity that can be taken for free or, for more formal recognition, as a certificate program for a fee. The Microsoft Professional Program Cybersecurity track includes 12 courses — 10 of which must be completed successfully to earn the certificate. The program is hosted on edX and includes labs, community interaction and quizzes. Content is delivered online through videos.

IT Security Tops Educause Issues List 4 Years Running

In the coming year, IT organizations in colleges and universities expect to be grappling with "data-enabling" their institutions, funding, and setting up their units as institutional leaders and change agents. That's what IT leaders told Educause in its latest survey to determine the top 10 IT issues for higher education.

NSF Invests in Cybersecurity Research

The National Science Foundation’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program is getting more support from the federal agency in the form of a $78.2 million portfolio of technology projects.

Report: Registrars and Enrollment Leaders Need a Heavier Hand in IT Security

Because registrars and enrollment managers make decisions daily that affect securing data, both roles should be "key members" of the cybersecurity team. According to a new paper on information security in higher education, those individuals should meet regularly with the CIO and chief information security officer to weigh in on incident response plans, risk management and training programs.

NY Universities Part of $30 Million City Cyber Hub

Multiple institutions of higher education will be playing a big role in Cyber NYC, a $30 million initiative launched by the New York City Economic Development Corp. to make New York a worldwide hub for cybersecurity innovation.

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