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U. Tennessee plans 5G network for rural research

An administrator at the University of Tennessee told EdScoop the institution’s current roll-out of a 5G network will enable research for rural areas, like soil-monitoring from drones, as well as classroom applications. The Knoxville university announced a partnership earlier this month with AT&T to build a 5G wireless network on its campus. Leaders said they plan to use 5G to support both research and instruction, starting with buildings in university’s research park, Cherokee Farm, and with limited outdoor access. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Collaboration can strengthen higher ed cybersecurity, 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 last week. 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 has it.

Higher ed leaders announce plans to invest in growing cyber workforce

Higher education institutions announced new investments in cybersecurity last week 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. Check out the full story on Edscoop.

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