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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 25, 2004

UI Information Technology Security Website Lauded

A national organization dedicated to communication technology professionals in higher education has selected the University of Iowa Information Technology Security Office website as a "Site to See" for the first quarter of 2004.

The UI is one of two schools being recognized by the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA) as an ACUTA Member Site to See for their particularly effective Internet sites. The topic of this quarter's competition was security.

"The school's site was selected based on the criteria of content delivery, timeliness, ease of use, accessibility and graphic appeal," according to Dan deBeaubien, chair of the ACUTA Web Site Recognition Task Force.

The UI site will be featured on the ACUTA home page ( after March 1, and the UI will be recognized for its achievement in the March issue of ACUTA e-News and at ACUTA's Annual Conference in Chicago Aug. 1-5.

The IT Security Office promotes secure information technology systems, services and programs. Its website ( offers security education and awareness materials, services for improving IT security, policy and best practices information and campus alerts, advisories and notices.

The site, launched in 1998, is maintained by the University's IT Security Office.

"I've received a lot of comments from people in academia and the corporate world about the site," said Information Technology Security Officer Jane Drews. "We're honored to receive the ACUTA recognition; it's very satisfying to get a reward for all the effort."

ACUTA is an international non-profit educational association that serves 800 institutions of higher education and 2,000 communications technology professionals in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Addressing voice, data and video communications needs for higher education, ACUTA's primary mission is to support higher education institutions in achieving optimal use of communications technologies. The organization also holds three national seminars and one conference annually to provide educational sessions and promote networking among campus communications technology professionals.

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