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A Systematic, Comprehensive Approach to Information Security
July 6, 2005

Information security is a process of business risk management that must be performed on an ongoing basis. It is critical to take an approach to information security that examines the risks and s…

ECAR Study of Students and Information Technology, 2005: Convenience, Connection, Control, and Learning
October 12, 2005

Abstract A longitudinal extension of the 2004 ECAR study of students and information technology, this 2005 study is based on quantitative data from more than 18,000 freshman and senior stude…

Federating a Distributed World: Asserting Next-Generation Identity Standards
November 3, 2005

In the last few years, federated identity management—the agreements, standards, and technologies that make identity and entitlements portable across autonomous domains—has become a topic of …

Academic Analytics: The Uses of Management Information and Technology in Higher Education
December 12, 2005

Abstract Since the 1980s, higher education has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on administrative technologies to improve access to information. Institutions implemented new enterprise …

Making Business Sense of Information Security
March 21, 2006

A well-managed security program starts at the top and must provide strong governance, business risk management, auditing, and control processes. This Burton Group study proposes a security techn…

Identity Management in Higher Education: A Baseline Study
April 18, 2006

Abstract This ECAR research study illuminates findings from a survey of identity management practices in higher education. In addition to exploring the adoption of identity management techno…

Business Process Modeling: Adding Value or Overhead?
May 8, 2006

New approaches to business process modeling can provide a map for IT services that are truly aligned to institutional goals. Institutions that adopt business process modeling techniques and inte…

Trends in Social Software
June 26, 2006

Adoption of blogs, wikis, tagging, bookmarking services, folksonomies, social networking software, and media-oriented services (e.g., podcasting) has been extraordinary over the past few years. …

IT Engagement in Research: A Baseline Study
August 28, 2006

Abstract This ECAR study explores the practices and perspectives of IT organizations that support the academic research enterprise. To collect, analyze, and distribute information across an …

Safeguarding the Tower: IT Security in Higher Education 2006
October 12, 2006

Abstract When ECAR studied IT security in 2003, we discovered that despite efforts to develop a secure IT infrastructure in higher education, uneven management awareness and a culture that e…