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UCSF pays $1.14 million ransom

The University of California, San Francisco said on Friday it paid scammers $1.14 million after malicious software infected a “limited number of servers” in an attack detected on June 1 at the university’s School of Medicine. While U.S. law enforcement typically advises against paying ransomware demands, victimized organizations sometimes meet attackers’ demands when decryption without hackers’ help seems unlikely or cost-prohibitive. Jeff Stone has the details.

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Survey shows flexible IT planning is in

Many colleges and universities have committed to resume in-person teaching and on-campus operations in fall and will rely on technology to create a flexible health management plan, according to a recent Educause poll. According to the Educause COVID-19 QuickPoll released earlier this month, 82 percent of institutions are planning to use hybrid teaching and learning to support both on-campus and online education, and many are planning for multiple scenarios and a creating a flexible academic calendar that can adapt to changing circumstances. Betsy Foresman digs into the poll results.

UC Berkeley names new CIO

Jenn Stringer, who has served as associate CIO and director of educational technology services since 2013, started as UC Berkeley's CIO on Monday. “Her leadership and collaborative style, as well as her passion for the work, earned her the respect of both faculty and executive leadership on campus,” Provost Paul Alivisatos and vice chancellor of administration Marc Fisher said in a letter to faculty and staff. Betsy has more on the announcement.

University of Arkansas names new CISO

The University of Arkansas named IT security veteran Stephen Tycer as its new chief information security officer, effective Monday. Tycer, who most recently served as IT security manager for the Houston-based energy firm Oil States International, said he's "thrilled to join the IT Services team during such a critical time." Read on.

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Working and studying from home has become the norm in 2020. From Zoom to new educational management tools, here's how government and university leaders are responding and planning ahead for the fall semester. View the report.

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