Data Breaches: What Your College Needs to Protect Itself

Data Breaches: What Your College Needs to Protect Itself

By Ryan Lufkin on Monday, August 18, 2014


In case you haven’t heard, data security is a big deal in higher education. From 2005 to 2013, 551 different breaches were reported by colleges and universities.

If that seems like a lot, it is. In fact, higher education accounts for 17 percent of ­­all data breaches — more than government (16 percent) and the financial and insurance sector (13 percent). Only the medical sector (27 percent) is victimized more.

With numbers like that, it’s no wonder so many college administrators have moved security to the top of their IT wish list.

But make no mistake: There’s a big difference between wrapping your head around the scope of a potential problem and taking the steps necessary to defend your campus against a threat. 

If your institution really wants to protect its students, it has to identify where and how potential holes exist and put a plan in place to react if a problem occurs. 

Remember, the best defense is a good offense.

Want to learn more about how your campus can protect itself from a data breach? Check out our infographic below.

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