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Biden's higher education focus could help institutions survive pandemic

Once inaugurated in January 2021, the Biden administration is expected to emphasize more assistance for colleges and universities grappling with the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of higher education experts told EdScoop. In addition to assistance, experts also expect more focus on educational accessibility and broadband investments. Betsy Foresman has the details on what's to come under President Biden.

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Security as enabler of digital transformation in education

This year’s EDUCAUSE “Top 10 IT Issues” report unsurprisingly reflects on how disruptive the COVID-19 pandemic has been for higher education. 2020 may go down as the year when necessity forged a greater commitment to technology as a force for innovation and transformation. Ideally, it will also prompt leaders to look closer at security. Palo Alto Network’s Hunter Ely explains why gaining comprehensive visibility across both the network and users is a key step toward digital transformation. Read more from Hunter Ely.

Georgia State researchers look to disrupt cybercriminal supply chains

A new study from Georgia State University will investigate underground digital marketplaces and the illicit supply chains of virtual goods like credit cards, online identities, cryptocurrency and fraudulent documents. The effort, funded by the National Science Foundation, aims to examine how virtual goods are bought and sold in online marketplaces. Betsy has more.


Advanced e-signature tools liberate organizations to go paperless

The pandemic has amplified the shortcomings of paper-based processes, underscoring the importance of digitizing documentation to ensure operations run efficiently and securely. For enterprise leaders still struggling to transition away from paper, advances in e-signature tools promise to eliminate one of the lingering obstacles to full digitalization. A new report shares how higher education organizations in particular are benefiting from these advanced tools. Learn more in the report.

Penn State joins initiative to hire more diverse STEM faculty

The university will join 53 other institutions in an effort spearheaded by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities to develop a more inclusive and diverse faculty pool in its science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. The effort focuses on inclusive faculty recruitment, hiring and retention practices. More about the initiative here.

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