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University faces lawsuit after security breach
University faces lawsuit after security breach

Data security breaches have plagued colleges and universities for years, and now a former student at the University of Hawaii (UH) has sued the school for negligence in a case…


Not getting the (text) message
Not getting the (text) message

It is a typical morning on campus, with students heading to class and professors and staff arriving for work, when suddenly there is an emergency. It could be a flood,…


Botnets continue to threaten campus networks
Botnets continue to threaten campus networks

Web security experts say university IT officials should stop using students’ Social Security numbers as identifications, because about 5,900 known botnets have stolen valuable information from computers in many sectors,…


Schools fall victim to P2P security breaches
Schools fall victim to P2P security breaches

Peer-to-peer file sharing in schools and colleges has come under scrutiny again after a Federal Trade Commission probe turned up massive security breaches that made student grades, Social Security numbers,…


Notification delay surfaces in Alabama shootings
Notification delay surfaces in Alabama shootings

Nearly an hour passed before University of Alabama at Huntsville officials dispatched emergency notification to students and faculty after fatal shootings allegedly committed by a professor, raising new questions about…


Going rogue: IT officials fight student-run web networks
Going rogue: IT officials fight student-run web networks

Campus technology officials say there's only one surefire way to stop students from creating their own wireless internet connections in dormitories, thereby creating a security risk for computer users: provide…


Feds release cyber safety booklet
Feds release cyber safety booklet

A new booklet released by the Federal Trade Commission and other government agencies helps parents and teachers steer kids safely through the online and mobile-phone worlds.


FTC: Virtual worlds pose real threat to minors
FTC: Virtual worlds pose real threat to minors

Minors are able to access explicit content in virtual worlds without much difficulty, and the operators of those virtual worlds should take steps to keep that content away from children…


Report names top threats to campus networks
Report names top threats to campus networks

Eight out of 10 colleges included in a recent study were deemed vulnerable to cyber attacks that could cost IT departments thousands, highlighting the security downfalls of decentralized campus networks…


8-state cyber consortium gets $2.7 million grant
8-state cyber consortium gets $2.7 million grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.7 million grant to an eight-state consortium of technology centers and community colleges that is working to block cyber attacks and stop the…


Study: 600K campus records hacked this year

Computer hackers have stolen identifying information and credit card numbers from more than half a million college students, faculty, and alumni this year -- prompting some campus IT officials to…


Study: Campuses unprepared for catastrophe
Study: Campuses unprepared for catastrophe

Most colleges and universities are prepared to respond to bomb threats, hazardous material spills, and severe weather, but only a small fraction of campuses have policies that would protect faculty…


Campus IT officials feel safer, but fear botnets

Campus computer networks are better protected than they were five years ago, college and university IT administrators said in a newly released survey, but they warned that the viruses student…


School security breaches on the rise

Increases in physical and network security breaches among K-12 school districts are hampering schools' efforts to improve their overall security, according to the third annual School Safety Index, a survey…


Columbine’s lessons still sharp, a decade later

A decade after two students opened fire at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colo., killing 13 and injuring dozens more before turning the guns on themselves, the lessons in…


Questions abound as emergency alert flops

The failure of Virginia Tech's text-messaging alert system has raised questions about the effectiveness of such systems to warn faculty and students of an emergency -- an important consideration as…


A year after tragedy, colleges are more vigilant

The rampage carried out one year ago today by a deranged Virginia Tech student who slipped through the mental health system has changed how American colleges reach out to troubled…


Latest trend in school security: Convergence

Faced with increased security concerns, especially in light of recent school shootings across the U.S., educators are looking for new ways to improve their campus security systems--and converging physical security…