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Higher ed should collaborate to fight cyberattacks, officials say

University IT officials should avoid presenting ransomware and other cybersecurity threats as an “impossible problem” when discussing them with non-technical administrators, Michael Berman, the chief information officer of the California State University system said during an online panel Thursday. Instead, cybersecurity threats should be treated as issues that “can’t be solved,” but can be managed, he said. Berman and other university officials on the panel, hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education, promoted openness with administrators and other institutions to deal with the increasing threat of cybersecurity attacks. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Colleges, universities announce cybersecurity education plans at White House meeting

Higher education institutions announced new investments in cybersecurity on Wednesday as part of the flood of initiatives declared at a high-profile White House cybersecurity meeting. Leaders from the University of Texas system, Washington’s Whatcom Community College and Tougaloo College, a private Historically Black institution in Mississippi, attended the meeting, along with the nonprofits Code.org and Girls Who Code. Education announcements focused on growing the pool of professionals prepared to handle growing cybersecurity threats. The White House estimates vacancies in nearly half a million public and private cybersecurity jobs. Emily has it.

Five New Mexico colleges plan to share ERP system

Five New Mexico higher education institutions plan to share the same back-end information systems in hopes of delivering better digital services to students. The nonprofit Collaborative for Higher Education Shared Services announced last week it selected Workday for a new shared student information system and enterprise resource planning system, which includes human resources, finance and payroll functions. The group, which seeks to improve college processes through cross-institution partnerships, includes Northern New Mexico College, San Juan College, Santa Fe Community College, Clovis Community College and Central New Mexico Community College. Check out the full story on Edscoop.

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