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Universities struggle with cybersecurity efforts to keep data safe

Universities understand the importance of keeping data safe, but are struggling to keep employee and student information secure from hackers.

Published Thu, Aug 21 2014 1:40 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

U.S. universities face a bigger threat of security data breaches than the retail and healthcare sectors, according to a recent study published by BitSight. As the school year begins again, hackers are preparing to target universities once again, the report said.

Universities struggle with cybersecurity efforts to keep data safe | TweakTown.com

Using data based on major athletic conferences, including the Pacific-12, Big 10, Big 12, Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Ivy League from July 2013 to June 2014, all divisions saw a drop in cybersecurity performance.

"From Social Security and credit card numbers to health records and intellectual property produced by research departments, colleges and universities house a vast amount of sensitive data," said Stephen Boyer, BitSight co-founder and CTO, in a statement to FierceCIO. "While not surprising given the unique challenges universities face securing open campus networks, it's concerning to see that they are rating so far below other industries that we've seen plagued by recent security problems."

The theft of bulk data is important for cybercriminals, hoping to unload data to the black market quickly and quietly.

NEWS SOURCE:fiercecio.com

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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