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U. of Arkansas says its business software modernization can save $1 million

The University of Arkansas shut down the mainframe for its Business and Administrative Strategic Information System on Monday, the latest step in decommissioning a system launched before many of its undergraduate students were born. The university on Tuesday estimated that turning off the mainframe that runs BASIS, a software suite designed in 1991, will save an estimated $1 million. The university also announced plans to celebrate the team behind BASIS with a ceremony when the hardware is hauled away next spring. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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North Carolina to hire regional cyber directors for community colleges

The North Carolina Community College System last week announced several new technology investments following approval of the state budget last month. Among them, it’s planning to hire nine regional cybersecurity officers for its 58 community colleges, so that cybersecurity strategy can address the specific needs and services of each area, system Chief Information Officer Patrick Fleming told EdScoop. The regional officers are an additional layer of cybersecurity management for the system, which hosts the third-most state community colleges in the country. Emily has it.

As higher ed data challenges grow, so do security threats

For universities trying to manage, protect and use data in a more robust way, many challenges and opportunities are ahead, one higher education CIO says on a new episode of the PrioritiesEDU podcast. The university environment presents unique challenges around data and security, San Diego State University CIO Jerry Sheehan says, and not just because of sensitive student data, but also because of research and development efforts that are unique to the university landscape. Check out the full podcast on EdScoop.

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