While normalcy returns to campuses everywhere, COVID-19’s effects remain and not just for public health. With remote study options existing since the spring of 2020, opportunity has abounded for hackers. More recently, federal authorities have warned how the Russian-Ukrainian conflict unleashed a new wave of cyberattacks on Western energy, finance, communications and, yes, higher-education infrastructure.
It takes more than firewalls to keep the miscreants of malware at bay. So emphasizes Mimi Royston, the long-time chief information officer at American International College, who must stretch a buck even in good times. AIC is an institution for many first-generation students and over half of its nearly 1,400 undergraduates are eligible for federal financial aid through Pell Grants. Full story on how Royston runs campus IT is available in Toggle magazine.
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