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Copy-5 universities partner to combat cyber security threats

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Five Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions have partnered to help protect their schools against cyber security.

Indiana University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Rutgers University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announced on Wednesday the launch of OmniSO, a sector-based cyber security operations center that provides cyber intelligence to its members.

The goal of the initiative is to help higher education institutions reduce the time from first awareness of a cybersecurity threat to mitigation.

Each campus has its own center that provides real-time monitoring and threat detection services 24 hours a day.

Brad Wheeler is IU's vice president for information technology. He says the partnership is modeled from a similar agreement between eight of the largest U.S. banks.

Wheeler says the universities' partnership is the first of its kind in higher education.

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