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U. Wisconsin president says his focus is on updating 'archaic' computer systems

The University of Wisconsin system’s interim president told local media that before he leaves his position he wants to finish transforming the institution’s “archaic computer system.” Tommy Thompson, a former Wisconsin governor and health secretary under George W. Bush, last week said it’s not “in the cards” to serve permanently as president. Rather, he said, his focus is on updating the university system’s finance and human resource management and systems, a plan years in the making. To run a system of UW’s size, with 13 universities and 26 campuses, computer systems need to have modern capabilities and implement cloud-based solutions, Thompson said. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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U. Tennessee plans new 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. Ozlem Kilic, the engineering school’s associate dean, told EdScoop the 5G network presents many new research opportunities for the school’s College of Agriculture in farming and precision agriculture. She said researchers can use 5G-connected drones, leaning on the technology’s low latency, to monitor soil fertility, moisture and crop conditions. Emily has it.

Higher ed institutions should work together to manage cybersecurity, leaders 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. That means crafting realistic plans in the event of a breach and sharing broad information about attacks so other colleges and universities can better prepare themselves. Check out the full story on Edscoop.

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