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U. Missouri to develop cybersecurity solution for 'smart' devices

University of Missouri researchers plan on developing an add-on cybersecurity solution for smart devices, using machine learning to adapt to threats, associate professor Prasad Calyam told EdScoop. Missouri’s College of Engineering won a $500,000 grant from the National Security Agency for the project, the university announced last week. Calyam, who is also the director of the university’s Center for Cyber Education, Research and Infrastructure, said researchers are looking to develop a solution that would address threats at the device’s gateway, where it connects to the cloud. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Virtual coaching helps at-risk National U. students

National University found that reaching out to at-risk students, offering virtual coaching for college planning and balancing work and school led many students to seek support to get back on track, according to results of pilot project the university released last month. Of 1,200 students on academic probation or warning that NU reached out to, the school made contact with 70% of them, according to the results. Of those students, half scheduled a meeting with a coach and a third followed up after the initial session. Emily has it.

Washington Adventist U. discloses ransomware attack

Administrators at Washington Adventist University, a small private institution in Montgomery County, Maryland, are working with local and federal authorities to bring digital services back online after discovering a ransomware attack over the weekend. A post on the school’s website states the attack was detected Saturday evening, disabling access to services including the university’s intranet, electronic point-of-sale devices, electronic signs around campus and many of the university’s software platforms. Colin Wood has the story.

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