Networks / Servers

Precaution Is Better Than Cure

A friend recently told me that she had deactivated her Facebook account because of security concerns. Just last month we heard that some Facebook applications, such as the extremely (yet inexplicably) popular Farmville game, were causing identifying information to be sent to advertisers without the users' consent.

Butte College adopts a portal for its future

The large community college in northern California upgrades its IT system with Datatel Portal

For years, Butte College in California put up with an internal IT system that left huge gaps in the ability of administrators, faculty, staff, and students to electronically communicate with each other. Administrators were unable to send memos targeted to, say, faculty members or the public works staff. Professors were unable to communicate with specific classes. And students had to go through separate log-in procedures to access the system's Web Advisor - and Blackboard - functions, as well as their e-mail accounts.

Websites Gone Mobile

More institutions exploring--and succeeding with--mobile web

It's 2010. Do you know where your mobile web visitors are? If your college or university hasn't managed yet to provide an online presence for this growing section of its target audience, it should probably have been named a New Year's resolution. The days where desktop computers—or even their little brothers the laptops and netbooks—were the only important devices in web town are over. The year of the mobile web has finally dawned upon us, and there is no turning back.

Data Lockdown?

How institutions are answering the national call for better cybersecurity

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, President Obama called for a 60-day review of national policies and structures related to cybersecurity. The denial-of-service attacks launched against some government and commercial websites here and in South Korea over the July 4 weekend probably proved the necessity of such a step to any remaining doubters.

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10 Questions and Answers About the Cloud

What you need to know now about the next big thing in internet technology
 

Before the Breach: Leveraging Identity Management Technology to Proactively Address Security Issues

Higher ed institutions are 'rich' targets for identity theft.

With more than 50 percent of all identity-related security breaches occurring on college campuses(1) and high profile cases making headlines nationwide, security and identity management are top concerns for higher education institutions. Breaches carry grim consequences—including potential loss of thousands or even millions of dollars, not to mention negative publicity, which can result in lost funding or decreased enrollment.

A New Chapter In The P2P Saga

 

5 Reasons to Switch to Virtual Servers

Everyone is touting server virtualization as the greatest thing since sliced bread. Is it a worthwhile technology, or just the latest trend?

WHEN IT COMES TO SERVERS, YOU CAN have too much of a good thing. Just ask Carsten Puls, vice president of strategic and product marketing for NComputing. “In the past, we needed a different server for every function: internet, e-mail, enterprise resource planning.” As a result, the data centers at NComputing, which offers desktop virtualization solutions, became overloaded with servers. And each server—because it typically performed only one function?used only a portion of its processing capability.

The .EDU Challenge

Moving beyond technology in maintaining a secure network
 

IT IS NO SECRET THAT EDUCATIONAL institutions are bearing the brunt of today's malicious software attacks. Bot-infected computers are rampant in the educational space, especially in colleges and universities where academic freedom often translates to unmanaged computers on a fairly wide-open network.

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