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New guidelines have become necessary for developing stronger passwords.

3 Steps to Stronger Passwords

I once heard a speaker say that passwords are like underwear: change them often, keep them long, don’t leave them lying on your desk, and don’t share them. As a security professional, I have been discussing the need for stronger passwords for almost 20 years, and not much has changed during that time. Each time […]

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iI is important that we do everything possible to be securing records.

Securing Records Before the Storm

Are you prepared? Have you been adequately securing records? Do you have a disaster recovery plan? What would happen to you, your institution, and your students in the event of a disaster? While the nation is recovering from the most recent storms—Harvey, Irma, and Maria—we reflected on our preparedness at Weber & Associates. We know […]

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5 Steps to Strengthen Your Institution’s Cybersecurity Defenses

Russia, China, the CIA, and FBI. Hacking has been receiving a great deal of attention lately in the political arena, but many higher education leaders may not realize the severity and scope of the threat to their very own institution.The reality is that colleges and universities face unique cybersecurity challenges, so it’s critical that administrators […]

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Five Important Reasons You Should be Using Cooperative Contracts (& Two Things You May Be Wrong About)

I’ve always believed that one of the most unique characteristics of higher education is an inherent willingness to collaborate. Higher ed is an amazingly supportive culture where administrators, academic researchers, scientists and professors learn from and build upon each other’s successes. The same can be said for higher education procurement. Given the financial pressure today’s […]

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The planning process is more important than the plan itself.  Plan with Objectivity, Vision and Flexibility

It’s the Leadership Process, Not the Plan

On October 17, 1777, English General, Gentlemen Johnny Burgoyne, surrendered an entire British Army to Horatio Gates, commander of the American forces at Saratoga, New York. If the battle of Lexington produced the “shot heard round the world” then Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga produced the “shock heard round the world.” At Saratoga the unthinkable happened. […]

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Risk Management is Ongoing

How to Implement an Effective Enterprise Risk Management Strategy At Christian Colleges and Universities

The term “enterprise risk management” (ERM) is getting a lot of attention lately. But the fact is, your institution is already implementing enterprise risk management every time you make a decision considering risk, which is probably every day. The question is whether your institution is managing the enterprise risk management proces s and effectively anticipating, […]

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The role of a Chief Business Officer  involves more than numbers.

Character vs. Conscience: Understanding the Role of a Chief Business Officer and a President

College presidents represent the character and imagination of the schools they serve. They set the tone; they cast the vision. Chief Business Officers (CBOs) also have a distinct role. They represent the conscience of the school; their voice is essential. Without it, we have character without conscience, which will diminish the effectiveness of the president […]

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