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CMMC: What It Is and Why It Is Important

Breaking Down the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification | by John D’Annunzio, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Columbia Advisory Group This blog was originally posted on CAG's Newsroom. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a security framework implemented by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to improve protection of the defense industrial base. Like other security frameworks, the CMMC has a collection of controls for processes and practices with the goal of achieving...

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How Schools Can Negotiate Global Marketplace Challenges

Two Steps to Addressing These Ongoing Issues | by Batteries Plus Bulbs In the wake of COVID-19, the global marketplace is currently facing a number of supply chain and logistic challenges. Pandemic-related labor disruptions in the manufacturing industry have created shortages of raw materials such as plastics, computer chips and nickel, while a surge in consumer demand has strained the supply chain even further. Retailers are also facing global transportation issues, leading to increased freight...

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Supplier Spotlight: Carahsoft

Carahsoft's Commitment to Supplier Diversity We sat down with Martin Gavin, Senior Program Manager at Carahsoft, to discuss the details of their diversity supplier program. When and why did Carahsoft decide to create a diversity supplier program? Carahsoft recognizes the importance of partner diversity to the United States economy and has a longstanding history of collaborating with diverse suppliers (including small businesses, minority-owned businesses, woman-owned businesses, and veteran-owned business, among others) that provide consulting, staff...

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Ransomware Incident Response Planning

How to Prepare For the Worst & Choose Partners to Support Your “Digital Resilience” | by John D’Annunzio, Vice President for Business Development, Columbia Advisory Group (CAG) Colonial Pipeline, Kaseya, Solar Winds, Microsoft… the list goes on and on. In the past 12 months alone, more than one third of all organizations globally have faced some type of ransomware incident, according to a recent survey by research firm IDC. The ransomware industry has evolved in...

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Supplier Spotlight: Red Hat

An Interview with Red Hat, Available Through the E&I Carahsoft Contract | by Michelle Nettuno, Category Marketing Manager, Technology at E&I Cooperative Services We recently sat down with Bill Hirsch, Principal Solutions Architect, and Damien Eversmann, Delivery Strategist for Education at Red Hat, to discuss Red Hat’s key features and benefits for E&I members. For members who may not be very familiar with Red Hat, please tell us about the types of cloud products and...

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Rethinking Early Childhood & Elementary Classroom Learning Environments

Flexibility: The New Movement in Classroom Design | by Melissa Potter, Marketing and Communications Director at Jonti-Craft, Inc. Reminiscing about the first days of kindergarten or elementary school brings that familiar song back, the one that includes the line, “…we’re all in our places with bright shining faces.” What a difference a few decades have made. As classroom teachers and instructional leaders have planned for the opening of schools in the fall of 2021, new...

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Improving Student Admission Rates in Higher Ed

A Data-Driven Approach | by Adam Root of Collaborative Solutions This blog originally appeared on Collaborative Solutions' blog. Higher education is currently facing unprecedented challenges. Having to pivot to remote learning in 2020, higher education institutions now must find safe ways of bringing students back to campus, while also reducing costs and increasing organizational efficiency. Perhaps, the biggest challenge is contending with student admission rates. For context, according to The National Student Clearing House Research Center,...

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How to Achieve Sustainability in Your Lab

6 Ways to Create a Sustainable Lab and Save Money | by Jack Polzin of Specialty Underwriters In this day and age, it is becoming more and more important to be sustainable and help ensure this planet is here for future generations to come. The act of becoming sustainable helps the environment but can also save money. Many practices to help go green are simple and can be implemented right away. Sustainability can improve the...

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Dashboards for Higher Education Leaders Can Optimize Decision Support

Transforming an institution’s data repository into an integrated, holistic dashboard unites a campus and advances opportunities for change | by Gregory Bedell, Managing Director at Huron This blog originally appeared on Huron's website. The need for rapid decision making in higher education has increased in urgency. An evolving pandemic landscape thrust institutional leaders into making strategic, real-time decisions that have affected every corner of the campus. It has become abundantly clear how siloed data sources...

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How to Navigate a Global Chip Shortage

| by Connection® Public Sector Solutions This blog originally appeared on the Connection blog. Whether they are following headlines about chip and technology shortages or have encountered long waits for specific items, consumers and business buyers alike are increasingly becoming aware that supply chain issues may be impacting technology availability. The New York Times recently reported that a global chip shortage has hampered automobile production, while Statista notes that brands (including Apple) faced shortages that led to production delays....

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