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Vendors want to simplify college admissions for universities

The enrollment software company Liaison announced last week it’s integrating its predictive analytics tools with its customer relationship management system, a move designed to reduce the number of platforms recruiters use when strategizing in a challenging admissions landscape. Liaison Vice President Robert DiMaggio told EdScoop the change is based on feedback from higher education institutions that were looking for a single platform with CRM and predictive analytics tools. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Michigan State ransomware attack demonstrated a need for IT collaboration, researchers say

A lack of communication between Michigan State University’s physics and astronomy department and the school’s central IT operation contributed to a 2020 ransomware attack that cost the university more than $1 million to recover from, according to recent research by a National Science Foundation-supported group. Michigan State centralized most of its IT operations years before the 2020 incident, but the physics department opted to maintain its own tech infrastructure at the time, Tom Siu, the school’s chief information security officer, said during a webinar on incident last week. Emily has more.

Hackers invoke omicron variant in phishing scams targeted at universities

A malicious actor is attempting to steal credentials from people at U.S. universities, including Vanderbilt University and the University of Central Missouri, using phishing emails that invoke a newly identified strain of the virus that causes COVID-19, according to research published last week by the security company Proofpoint. The emails reference the omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which the World Health Organization identified as a “variant of concern” on Nov. 26 and has already been detected in several dozen countries, including the United States. Benjamin Freed has the story.


WATCH: Minnesota enables insights, service opportunities with cloud-based data capabilities

Commissioner and CIO Tarek Tomes discusses how cloud-based data analytics are helping the Minnesota State Department inform public policy. The state urgently needed a solution to correlate data from both health care providers and pharmacies across the state related to immunizations. The Dept. of Health undertook a large initiative to create data link capabilities in the cloud and alleviate disparate datasets in its public health systems.  Watch Tomes’ full interview here.

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