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Edtech never delivered on hype, outgoing Educause director says

Over research director D. Christopher Brooks’s eight years at Educause, the higher education IT and online learning research space grew to cut through the hype surrounding new technologies, he told EdScoop in an interview ahead of his last day on Wednesday. Brooks announced his departure for the market advising firm The Tambellini Group on social media last week, and said during his eight years at Educause, no over-hyped technology came to mind that met its original promise. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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IT security, researchers should work together to protect higher ed data

Colleges and universities are more widely implementing tools like multi-factor authentication and anti-phishing software to protect research data, but the best defense against threats remains the connection between information technology security teams and well-informed researchers, experts told EdScoop. Protecting data is tricky because these workers often use non-standard software, work on fast-paced, competitive timelines and use unique technology or remote lab environments, said Michael Corn, the chief information security officer at the University of California, San Diego. Emily has it.

A special report on cybersecurity

Cybersecurity has changed after nearly two years in a pandemic. Since the onset of COVID-19, government tech leaders have constantly had to refine their policies as digital services and remote work exploded, and continue to remain overwhelmingly popular. Universities face similar issues, as research projects — many of them funded with federal dollars — face new data-security hurdles amid an onslaught of ransomware attacks against the education sector. In a series of articles, interviews and commentaries, StateScoop and EdScoop reporters and contributors offer a few things to be aware of. Check out the full special report.

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