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Communication is key for colleges fighting ransomware

Communication with instructors and students is still crucial to fighting ransomware attacks against higher education institutions, though there needs to be a safety net, a group of university cybersecurity officials said during a panel discussion Thursday. Schools are centralizing data storage, adopting multi-factor authentication and segmenting networks for students, staff and researchers to protect data in case of a breach, panelists said. Emily Bamforth has the story.

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Deloitte acquires technology from higher ed tech firm

Deloitte this week announced it purchased company assets to expand its services for higher education institutions looking to update administrative systems or accommodate modern analytics. Deloitte acquired technology and personnel from Entigence, a Virginia technology firm with public sector and higher education customers. The deal comes as many colleges and universities look to improve analytics and make more-informed decisions in the face of shrinking enrollment and budgets, Deloitte executive Roy Mathew told EdScoop. Emily has it.

Augusta, Ga., colleges partner on cybersecurity degrees

Augusta University, one of the Georgia university system’s four major research institutions, and Augusta Technical College, a nearby two-year school, announced the agreement Monday, with leaders of both schools saying the arrangement will help accelerate the training of future cybersecurity professionals.Under the terms of the Cybersecurity to Information Technology Pathway, as the agreement is called, Augusta Technical College students working on an associate’s degree in cybersecurity will be able to apply credits earned in that program toward a bachelor’s degree in one of Augusta University’s information technology tracks. Benjamin Freed has the story.

Driving Tech Transformation With Relief Funding

Not having enough money to pay for something can make life more difficult, but it also simplifies things. New funding prompted by the pandemic brings with it new considerations of which projects to prioritize and what the Treasury Department allows the funding to be spent on, to say nothing of doing the actual work of implementing many new projects. In the case of our public institutions, the work funded by the American Rescue Plan and other recent relief deals can be extensive. Organizations are overhauling massive systems and rethinking business processes left untouched for decades. Check out the entire special report.

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