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October 2008

In this Issue

Campus Security Cyber Security

Outreach Program for Troubled College Students Shows Positive Results

In Gustav's Wake, Disaster Plans Are Tested

Report Urges More Security at Colleges in Massachusetts

Getting Students to ID Troubled Students

Oakland University Restricts Access to Administrators

Study: Campus Alerts Unreliable

First-year Student at Middle Tennessee State University Arrested for Threatening e-mails and Setting Fires

Universities Fight Plagiarism

Hackers Access 11,000 Records at University of Indianapolis

High-Speed Campuswide Networks Bring Big Rewards, Big Risks

Strong Passwords Key to Internet Security

Laptop With Social Security Numbers Stolen From University of Pittsburgh

Tennessee State University Recovers Missing Student Data

Campus Security

Outreach Program for Troubled College Students Shows Positive Results
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP's) College Screening Project has proven successful in its goal to identify and treat college students suffering from depression who may be at risk for suicide. "A profound... | Read more >
In Gustav's Wake, Disaster Plans Are Tested
Hurricane Gustav gave university leaders in Louisiana the chance to test the disaster plans they put into place after Hurricane Katrina. For example, they sent high-level administrators to other parts of the United States to... | Read more >
Report Urges More Security at Colleges in Massachusetts
This fall, proposed safety and security measures could be put into practice at 29 college campuses in Massachusetts if state public higher education officials give the go-ahead. A 2008 Massachusetts Department of Education... | Read more >
Getting Students to ID Troubled Students
Recent school shootings nationwide have spurred Loyola University to initiate a program to identify potential problem students by encouraging students as well as staff to report such individuals to the new Behavioral Concerns... | Read more >
Oakland University Restricts Access to Administrators
Security measures implemented at Oakland University in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007 have caused frustration among faculty as well as students because their access to senior administrators has been reduced, and... | Read more >
Study: Campus Alerts Unreliable
A study by Patrick Traynor of Georgia Tech's Information Security Center casts doubt on the reliability of the cellphone-based campus alert systems that many campuses have adopted. "There's a great misconception about what... | Read more >
First-year Student at Middle Tennessee State University Arrested for Threatening e-mails and Setting Fires
Last night after Middle Tennessee State University Campus Police and Murfreesboro Fire Department arrested an MTSU first-year student in connection with three dorm fires and e-mails threatening to do bodily harm to students and... | Read more >

Cyber Security

Universities Fight Plagiarism
In an effort to curb plagiarism, more colleges are adopting anti-plagiarism technology. At Stony Brook University in New York, for example, Marvin O'Neal, course director of undergraduate biology, uses Blackboard SafeAssign to... | Read more >
Hackers Access 11,000 Records at University of Indianapolis
The University of Indianapolis became the latest victim in a recent string of data breaches targeting academic institutions when hackers broke into a server on Sept. 8 and accessed the personal records of 11,000 students,... | Read more >
High-Speed Campuswide Networks Bring Big Rewards, Big Risks
Campuswide high-speed networks can bring numerous advantages and capabilities to an educational institution, but they also bring serious security risks that call for serious network management. According to Chris Simmons,... | Read more >
Strong Passwords Key to Internet Security
One of the most vital things that can be done to improve Internet security is to choose strong passwords that combine upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols, and these can be easier to remember than one might think.... | Read more >
Laptop With Social Security Numbers Stolen From University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh announced that a laptop computer was stolen from campus on Aug. 11, exposing the personal information of some business school graduates. The laptop was being used to conduct surveys of alumni of the... | Read more >
Tennessee State University Recovers Missing Student Data
A portable computer storage device holding personal financial data and the Social Security numbers of about 9,000 current and former Tennessee State University students was returned to university officials nearly a week after it... | Read more >
 
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