Education 2016-12-09T15:47:22+00:00

Solutions for Education

Colleges and universities present fertile ground for cybercriminals. Because they promote the spirit of academic openness and operate in a decentralized manner, IT and security professionals face a daunting task in ensuring that systems stay locked down.

Sensitive information such as credit card and Social Security numbers, in addition to intellectual property created through research – and often done in concert with government agencies – is plentiful within institutions of higher learning. Attackers also are drawn to the network speed of colleges and universities, and use their vulnerable systems as launching pads for attacks against other organizations.

The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse reported a significant rise in educational breaches from 2011 to 2012, from 63 incidents affecting 573,000 records in 2011 to 85 affecting 1.7 million the following year. These institutions face unique challenges compared to corporations, government agencies and other organizations.

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