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04/13/2021
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Accellion breach exposed 300,000 records

University of Colorado officials last week said that the extent of the breach of Accellion’s file-transfer application on its community was far greater than initially reported, with more than 300,000 records, including some Social Security numbers, exposed in the incident. In a lengthy update on its website, the university acknowledged that “a small amount” of Social Security numbers were among the personally identifiable information contained in the breach, which has affected dozens of large organizations that used Accellion’s software globally, including at least 10 higher education institutions. Benjamin Freed has more.


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Rice University hosts $1.6 million competition

A virtual startup competition hosted by Rice University last week awarded more than $1.6 million in prizes to more than a dozen student-led businesses from around the world, including early-stage pharmaceutical, medical and retail companies. The “largest and richest” competition of its kind, Rice claimed, was hosted for the 21st year in a row by the the university’s Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, a coalition of faculty researchers and Rice’s engineering, natural sciences and business schools. Ryan Johnston has the details.


IT and cyber collaboration was key in Ohio U.'s pandemic response

A comfortable working relationship between mainline IT staff and cybersecurity professionals has been crucial to keeping Ohio University running through the COVID-19 pandemic. University systems were able to survive the shift to mostly remote operations over the past 13 months because school's information security team works closely and cooperatively with its information technology office, said Stephen Hoffer, an information security engineer at the the 33,000-student school. Benjamin reports.


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