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Migrating to the Software-Defined Networking in Higher Education to Improve Student Outcomes

In today’s blended educational environments, online learning is an important component that helps institutions improve student outcomes while cutting costs and meeting student demands for flexible, anytime/anywhere access. By 2015, more than half of today’s students will be learning online, with a large concentration of older students who have returned to school to retool their skills. Software-defined networking (SDN) technologies can help colleges and universities create an effective and efficient

Agency Cybersecurity Priorities – Some New, Some Old – All Essential

In his featured keynote address on June 18th at the Cyber Security Brainstorm hosted by MeriTalk, John Banghart, Director for Federal Cybersecurity, National Security Staff, Executive Office of the President, highlighted four priority areas for improving agency efforts to remove barriers to progress and better protect information and IT infrastructures.  He shared these priorities and noted they apply to all agencies, with some more focused on specific topics than others.

Considerations for Implementing Effective Continuous Monitoring

As IT infrastructures evolve, established security systems and controls can be impacted and new security vulnerabilities may be introduced.   Continuous Monitoring (CM), one of the six steps in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Risk Management Framework, is designed to help Federal Government agencies identify and confirm if their deployed security controls are robust and work as intended at all times. A significant and continuing concern for agency

Next Generation Firewall Protects Schools from Cyber Threats

As digital learning transforms the ease and speed at which students across the country’s school districts access information, today’s students may never experience what it’s like to flip through the pages of a traditional printed text book, encyclopedia or card catalog. However, along with its convenience and access to greater amounts of information and resources, digital learning can expose school districts to increased cyber security vulnerabilities. Recent studies show 200,000

DHS’s Spaulding on Cybersecurity: We’re All Part of the Solution

“Cyber Awakening:  Protecting a Nation’s Security” was the theme of AFCEA’s Cyber Symposium, which took place in Baltimore, MD, on June 24th and 25th. The opening keynote kicked off with a video depicting a fictional but plausible incident of cyber terrorism initiated via a mobile app installed on unsuspecting citizens’ devices. The malware from that app set off a cyber shockwave when it infiltrated cellphone networks, crashing first cellphone connectivity,

Happy Independence Day from The Modern Network

This Friday is Independence Day – an opportunity for all Americans to celebrate our rights and freedoms, and to reflect on the sacrifices brave men and women have made to keep them. The Modern Network editorial team would like to extend our wishes for a happy and safe Independence Day to all of our loyal readers. We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the members of America’s military