Internet2 Technology Exchange to Explore IT for data-intensive Research

Next week’s Internet2 2014 Technology Exchange, hosted by Indiana University, will be a forum for technical visionaries and IT thought leaders to discuss the challenges that data-intensive research poses to IT network administrators at research and education facilities. Hosted by the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), Internet2 will include formal talks, panel discussions, and meetings on a variety of topics such as security; trust, identity and middleware applications;

DDoS Attacks on Schools are on the Rise: Is Your District Prepared?

In K-12 education, online assessments are increasingly becoming the norm and will become mission critical as states across the country implement the Common Core Standards this 2014-2015 school year.  In tandem, cyber-attacks on schools are on the rise. According to Gartner and other researchers, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on schools not only are increasing, but also are becoming more highly targeted, deliberate, sophisticated, and difficult to detect. These

Software Lending Library Pilot: Using Next-Gen GB Network to Provide Small Businesses Access to Applications

When a small business, a start-up or a non-profit organization needs expensive software, they often must use a trial version, find a donor or cobble together a short-term solution to meet their needs.  However, for those whose employees or donors have Kansas City Public Library cards, they may soon be able to “borrow” software. Software Lending Library  is a concept that uses existing technologies, which, when combined with a next-generation

Next-Generation Firewalls Secure 21st Century Schools

While digital learning has transformed K-12 education, enabling schools to offer enhanced learning environments and fostering better collaboration between schools and parents, this progress comes with challenges. Schools must be able to support today’s digital educational offerings while grappling with the security threats that accompany these next-generation learning tools. School districts are caught in a Catch-22: open networks up in unprecedented ways to take education to the next level while

THRIVE: Timely Health Alerts Using Remote Sensing & GB Broadband

In our first few posts about  US Ignite, a nonprofit organization working to foster the build out of high-speed GB broadband and to activate a developer community to create transformative applications to leverage it, we talked about some of the exciting new applications being developed by US Ignite partners to  transform how Americans receive healthcare, access education, keep our communities safe, become more energy efficient, train employees, and manufacture goods. 

Protecting School Districts from Cyber Attacks during Online Assessments and Every Day

Whether referred to as Common Core, Standards of Learning, or Assessment of Academic Skills, the use of online assessments in today’s schools is the norm across the nation. To support online assessments – and digital learning in general – school districts need networks that are always on, have sufficient bandwidth and redundancy, and have adequate security in place to protect the information stored and moving across the network. Also district

Building a Best-in-Breed Open, Converged Network for Digital Learning

Today’s schools are immersing in digital learning, which is proliferating with the availability of a large selection of affordable mobile devices and high-quality digital content, access to cloud-based educational applications, and the expansion of wireless networks.  Today’s school district networks are critical to the success of students and districts as a whole. Unfortunately, according to recent research, only 40 percent of schools meet the bandwidth recommendations of what the State

Fitnet: Mobile Technology Enabling Better Health and Fitness

In our first few posts about  US Ignite, a nonprofit organization working to foster the build out of high-speed GB broadband and to activate a developer community that will create transformative applications that can leverage that high-speed broadband, we talked about some of the exciting new applications that are being developed by US Ignite partners. As we mentioned, US Ignite’s goal is to transform how Americans receive healthcare, access education,

BYOD is the new Normal for 21st Century K-12 Schools

As students in Maryland and Virginia headed back to class this month, some brought something previously forbidden with them: mobile devices. In years past, cell phones were routinely banned in many schools in the classroom and even on school grounds. However, as more schools embrace digital learning, some K-12 are embracing the devices rather than banning them. Many school districts are investing in laptops and tablets, but others are realizing

Next-Generation Classrooms Need Next-Generation Firewalls

Digital learning has transformed K-12 education. Today’s classrooms require significant amounts of bandwidth to support education applications, online assessments and virtual and blended learning.  Schools must be able to offer a wider array of digital education offerings while, at the same time, protecting their network, student records and other district information. To support these dual goals, school districts need more control over the applications and traffic on their networks. The