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A Framework for HIPAA IT Security Compliance: Leveraging for Security
December 7, 2004

This research bulletin describes a functional framework for higher education compliance with the HIPAA IT security final rule. The framework, which can be adapted for individual universities, inc…

Digital Rights Management: Tools and Applications for Implementing DRM in a Digital Ecosystem
October 26, 2004

This research bulletin is the second of two devoted to digital rights management (DRM). It examines the components of a DRM ecosystem model for higher education and describes where policies need …

Digital Rights Management: An Ecosystem Model and Scenarios for Higher Education
October 12, 2004

This research bulletin is the first of two bulletins devoted to digital rights management (DRM). It suggests a model for a DRM "ecosystem" in the higher education community and demonstr…

Leveraging IT Infrastructure for HIPAA Training
July 6, 2004

Faced with the challenge of quickly developing, delivering, tracking, and reporting customized HIPAA training for 17,000 workers and students, the University of Minnesota leveraged important piec…

The TEACH Act: Higher Education Challenges for Compliance
June 22, 2004

More than a year after passage of the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act of 2002, relatively few universities and colleges have implemented it. This research bulletin …

Aligning IT Strategy to Open Source, Partnering, and Web Services
November 25, 2003

This research bulletin examines the current state of open source initiatives in higher education. It provides a roadmap for incorporating open source application development in an information tec…

Information Technology Security Policy: Keys to Success
November 11, 2003

This bulletin examines how higher education is coping with managing information technology security from the policy perspective. It focuses particular attention on policy processes and programs t…

Life with HIPAA: A Primer for Higher Education
April 1, 2003

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) includes complex legislation that impacts higher education but was not specifically written with academic institutions in m…

Computer and Network Security and Higher Education's Core Values
March 18, 2003

Colleges and universities have a host of security vulnerabilities. Insecure computers and networks have been exploited to launch a variety of attacks on computers--in the academy as well as in so…

A Different Kind of ERP: Extending and Renewing Legacy Systems
March 4, 2003

Rather than make the significant investment required for an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, some campuses explicitly choose a strategy of retaining and renewing their legacy systems. T…

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