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NIST Publishes Draft 2 of Cybersecurity Framework Version 1.1

On December 5, 2017, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (“NIST”) published Draft 2 of Cybersecurity Framework version 1.1 (the “Framework”). The draft is intended to provide a flexible, voluntary, and effective tool to help organizations better manage their cybersecurity risks. For those unfamiliar with the Framework, it was developed in response to growing awareness that the national and economic security of the United States depends on the reliable functioning of critical information technology infrastructure and that cybersecurity threats place the nation at risk. On February 12, 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” (the. Read More.

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Wisconsin School Opens “Computerless” Lab

Adjusting to students’ growing dependence on personal computers and smart devices, a private liberal arts school in Wisconsin has incorporated a bring-your-own-device policy into its renovated computer lab. St. Norbert George’s new policy requires students to bring their personal laptops to campus. Students are even allowed to use financial aid to pay for their computers. Policies like St. Norbert’s and the increased use of personal devices have created a shift in colleges’ information technology services can create unexpected windfalls and provide opportunities for resources to be allocated. More on St. Norbert’s computerless lab is available on Inside Higher Ed.

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Washington State to Continue ctcLink Rollout

Despite a failed rollout last fall, Washington has not given up on plans to launch a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for community colleges. Known as ctcLink, the system encountered various bugs and data errors during software pilots in Spokane, Spokane Falls and Tacoma. One top-ranking state legislator is calling for more oversight on the $100 million project, but the deputy executive director of the community college system’s information technology division has assured that lessons learned from the initial pilots will help the next three rollouts be more successful. For more on Washington’s new ERP system , visit the Inside Higher Ed Web site.


Board of Directors Concerned About Cybersecurity

In a recent survey, over 250 corporate directors responded to questions regarding their companies’ top non-financial concerns. For the survey’s second straight year, reputational risk was listed as the highest concern among all respondents (72 percent), and second was cybersecurity and information technology (62 percent). Despite cybersecurity risk experiencing a nine percent jump from 2013, the survey revealed CFOs and CEOs lag on a strong understanding of the topic. Visit the CGMA Magazine for the survey’s complete results. Also check out our Industry section for the Firm’s services within the Technology sector.

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