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IT security, researchers should work together to protect data

Colleges and universities are more widely implementing tools like multi-factor authentication and anti-phishing software to protect research data, but the best defense against threats remains the connection between information technology security teams and well-informed researchers, experts told EdScoop. Protecting the data produced through research and development spending at universities, estimated at nearly $84 billion in 2019, is becoming more difficult because of rising cyber threats against the education sector. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Cybersecurity: A StateScoop and EdScoop Special Report

October might be National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, but state and local government officials and their counterparts in higher education endeavor to be aware of the risks facing their networks and critical infrastructure the other 11 months of the year, too. Cybersecurity’s also another area that’s changed after nearly two years in a pandemic. Since the onset of COVID-19, government tech leaders have constantly had to refine their policies as digital services and remote work exploded, and continue to remain overwhelmingly popular. Universities face similar issues, as research projects — many of the funded with federal dollars — face new data-security hurdles amid an onslaught of ransomware attacks against the education sector. Check out the entire Special Report.

Seven ways education is recruiting cyber talent

Higher education institutions and businesses are targeting students for cybersecurity careers by offering hands-on experience at high-tech cyber ranges, designing mascots to teach K-12 students about cracking ciphers and by posting videos on TikTok. Higher education institutions are offering  traditional cybersecurity programs with degrees and credentials, but they’re also giving students hands-on experience, protecting networks against threats and connecting students with their future employers. Many are also raising awareness of careers in cybersecurity as early as elementary school. Emily has it.

Pearson says 2 million have signed up for textbook subscription service since July launch

Textbook company Pearson reported its textbook subscription service, Pearson+, has drawn 2 million registered users since its July launch, according to an investor presentation last week. About 100,000 people pay for the service, which charges a $14.99 a month for unlimited digital textbooks or $9.99 for access to one textbook, CEO Andy Bird said in the presentation. The rest of the registered users access Pearson+ as part of other Pearson products. The direct-to-consumer strategy is contributing only a small amount to revenue “at this stage,” Bird said, but Pearson is optimistic that Pearson+ will continue to attract users through new features and publicity. Check out the full story on EdScoop.

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