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Remote learning made universities more vulnerable to cyberattacks

The onset of near-universal remote learning made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic left colleges and universities more vulnerable to ransomware, botnets and other cyberattacks, according to research published Tuesday by the cybersecurity provider BlueVoyant. And the combination of weak campus security policies and breaches of edtech vendors leaves schools open to continued risks, the company found. Benjamin Freed has more.

A Message From AWS Educate

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Lehigh U. partners with Discovery Education

In yet another expansion of a university’s professional development programming during the pandemic, Lehigh University will next month begin offering a new online graduate certificate through a partnership with Discovery Education, a company best known for its digital textbooks and educational resources for K-12 settings. Lehigh, a private university with about 7,000 students in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, announced last month that it will offer the new online certificate, called “Technology Leadership in Global Education,” especially for educators working in international school systems. The university said the new course is hoped to help student educators “hone their instructional practice in the remote learning environment.” Colin Wood reports.

Digital transformation? Educause wants to help

As higher education institutions around the country rethink how they deliver education to students in hybrid and fully online learning environments, Educause has released a new resource to guide their digital transformation initiatives. The tool, found at dx.educause.org,  guides users through a three-step planning process, from learning about the fundamentals of digital transformation to planning and implementing the technologies to support a modern information architecture. Colin has more.


SASE: A new vision of the security perimeter for enterprise networks

The pandemic forced state and local IT leaders to fast-track security, cloud and digital transformation priorities. However, the collection of agency security tools that protect the physical enterprise and networks no longer align with the needs for a remote workforce. With the bulk of work increasingly flowing outside traditional enterprise security barriers, agency leaders need to rethink network security paradigms. Read more in the report.

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