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Cloud security assessment group expands to academia

StateRAMP, the two-year-old group working to build a standardized security rubric for state and local IT vendors, announced yesterday that several more governments and other organizations have begun using its standards, including the University of North Carolina. Leah McGrath, executive director of StateRAMP — which aims to do for state and local cloud providers what FedRAMP does for federal vendors — said UNC could be the first of multiple public higher-education systems to adopt the group's standards. “We started seeing opportunities there, and because so many public universities work with the state, it became a real natural transition or expansion,” she said. Benjamin Freed reports for StateScoop.

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Two more universities upgrade to 6E networks

Texas A&M University and Nebraska's Doane University are upgrading their wireless infrastructures to 6E networks, according to an announcement yesterday from Aruba Networks, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise-owned maker of wireless equipment. At Texas A&M, the move to 6E networks is part of the university’s Next-Generation Aggie Network, which is designed to address future demands on capacity, speed, manageability, modularity, agility and performance, according to the university. Jake Williams has more.

Texas A&M University launches cyber research institute

Texas A&M this week also launched its new Global Cyber Research Institute, thanks to a $10 million gift from donors. In addition to researching government and corporate vulnerabilities, the institute will provide students cybersecurity training and help develop national security policies. “The addition of the Texas A&M Global Research Institute positions Texas A&M as a hub for cybersecurity research and education,” university President M. Katherine Banks said in a press release. “It builds upon the strong base of Texas A&M’s Cybersecurity Center and will help us educate the cybersecurity leaders of the future.” Lindsay McKenzie reports.

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