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Ohio U.'s pandemic response

A comfortable working relationship between mainline IT staff and cybersecurity professionals has been crucial to keeping Ohio University running through the COVID-19 pandemic, speakers said last week. Stephen Hoffer, an information security engineer at the the 33,000-student school, said university systems were able to survive the shift to mostly remote operations over the past 13 months because his team works closely and cooperatively with Ohio University’s information technology office. Benjamin Freed has more.

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Michigan State launches VR app

Michigan State University is turning to virtual reality to help fight unconscious bias and promote diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. The “A Mile in My Shoes” app, designed for Oculus Quest headsets, aims to offer real-world scenarios to show how harmful racism and unconscious bias can be. In the virtual simulation, users move through scenarios as one of seven avatars and interact with others in an environment modeled after a building on the university’s campus. Jake Williams has the details.

Online testing firm agrees to security audit

A company whose software has been widely used to administer law school entrance exams during the coronavirus pandemic has agreed to an independent audit of the software after a U.S. senator raised cybersecurity concerns about the product. Alabama-based ProctorU’s web-browser extension software has allowed people across the U.S. to take the LSAT exam from home during the pandemic. But Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., worried that that same accessibility, if left unsecured, could give cybercriminals a foothold onto test-takers’ devices. Sean Lyngaas reports for CyberScoop.

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