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Mississippi Department of Revenue wins Brilliance Award

The Mississippi Department of Revenue has been recognized for its innovative use of physical and digital technology to meet requirements for a new state law at the 2017 Brilliance Awards from Pitney Bowes. The annual awards honor leading print and mail organizations – innovators, early adopters and creative problem solvers – who are finding new ways to streamline workflow, respond ...

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Modes to protect university research for tech transfer have shifted dramatically

By BECKY GILLETTE The field of technology transfer from higher education to business and commercial developments once focused strongly on obtaining patents for products developed by university research. Today, there are many commercialization projects that may benefit more from other types of protection, said Chase Kasper, assistant vice president for research, technology transfer and corporate relations, University of Southern Mississippi ...

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MIKE SKINNER: Hackers don’t care about size

  Data or access to another organization’s data is what makes a target attractive, not the size of the organization. We hear it over and over – “why would a hacker target me? I don’t have any valuable data, plus my organization is small compared to X, Y, Z.” We are seeing more and more smaller organizations being attacked for ...

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FOCUS ON SECURITY: Ransomware can paralyze a business

By BECKY GILLETTE Ransomware can not only leave a business paralyzed with no access to its computer system, it can be extremely costly. The amount of ransom demanded has been on the rise over the past year, according to information provided by the  Mississippi Attorney General Cyber Crime Center. Documented complaints in Mississippi range anywhere from $2,000 to $21,000 in ...

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USM takes on security — ‘Hacking for Defense’ class will teach how to innovate solutions

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT One started with Legos and Lincoln Logs, while the other favored remote control vehicles and model rockets growing up in his hometown of Richton. Now, Professors Henry Jones and Daniel DeMott, along with mentors from the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and the intelligence community, will show University of Southern Mississippi students how to innovate solutions ...

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Southern Miss ranked as nation’s No. 1 Military-Friendly Online College

The University of Southern Mississippi has been ranked as the nation’s top “Military-Friendly Online College” as determined by AffordableCollegesOnline.org in its 2017 ratings. Researchers and higher education experts collected and analyzed data from every accredited postsecondary institution in the United States to find the online colleges with the most notable balance of academic rigor, military student services, program variety, and ...

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NASA eyes fusion reactor engines, extraterrestrial drilling, other far-out technologies

NASA has selected 399 research and technology proposals from 277 American small businesses and 44 research institutions that will enable NASA’s future missions into deep space, and advancements in aviation and science, while also benefiting the U.S. economy. The awards have a total value of approximately $49.9 million. These include 13 projects tied to Stennis Space Center. The agency received 1,621 proposals in response ...

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Nursing specialist certified

Xavier L. Agee, simulation & IT specialist in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Nursing, has earned distinction as the state’s only Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist. Agee, a Bay Springs, native, has been a member of the Southern Miss nursing staff since 2012. He acquired the CHSOS title recently following an extensive national certification process which requires applicants ...

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MSU to lead major drone research project for US government

Mississippi State University officials say the school will lead a major research and development project involving drones. School officials say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security selected Mississippi as the new base of operations for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly known as drones. The proposal was developed by the Mississippi Partnership, led by MSU. School officials say the new ...

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