UNK to Upgrade Security on Research, Computer Systems

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The University of Nebraska-Kearney is getting federal money to upgrade security on its research facilities and computer information systems.

More than $750,000 was awarded to the University of Nebraska, including at least $100,000 earmarked for use at UNK.

Randy Haack is UNK vice chancellor for business and finance. He says the funds will be spent to improve access safeguards.

Haack says chemical and biological agents used for on-campus research could pose a terrorism risk if they were to fall into the wrong hands. He also says personal information on the school's data systems could be misused if not sufficiently protected.

Haack says the campus could eventually move to a unified card system.

A card system would allow university officials to keep a record of who is using a building at any given time and to employ access codes for certain buildings to keep out unauthorized visitors.