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Georgia Tech turns to data for institutional success

Georgia Institute of Technology CIO Daren Hubbard joins Cutting EDge to talk about how the university’s “data excellence” initiative will improve operations at the Atlanta university. Hubbard says the initiative focuses on campuswide data use and data security in university operations. “It’s a pretty broad-ranging initiative that focuses on both using data as a strategic asset, but also focusing a little bit of attention on its security and its applicability to institute problems, and really helping to become part of solutions as well,” Hubbard says on the episode. Listen to the podcast.

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Cyberthreats against academia picked up this year, CrowdStrike says

Online criminal activity against the education industry continued to rise over the past year, especially as it becomes easier for malicious actors to carry out attacks like ransomware, according to a report published Tuesday by the cybersecurity company CrowdStrike. While threats were up for nearly every industry, universities are especially sensitive to both financially motivated attacks and foreign-backed threats because they house high-value research and IP, and have broad user bases that include faculty, students and alumni. Read more.

Scantron machines and old treadmills: How colleges handle unwanted tech

The science labs at La Sierra University, a private liberal arts college in Riverside, California, are full of antiques. They’re not the kind of treasures that you’d find in a museum or fancy store, but they are artifacts of a bygone era — an era of floppy disks, the Windows XP operating system and test-scoring machines built by the Scantron Corporation. The collection is a reminder that as much as colleges and universities are in a race to modernize their campuses, discarding legacy tech isn't always so simple. Lindsay McKenzie reports.

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