Education Sector

Arizona State University accidentally reveals email addresses of 4,000 students in HIPAA breach

3TV reports: Arizona State University has notified 4,000 students that their email addresses “were accidentally revealed” in a large data breach. ASU told the students on Aug. 16 it happened in late July when a university office sent bulk emails about renewing health insurance coverage without masking the identities of the recipients. Read more...

Cyberattacks targeting post-secondary students on the rise, but most not taking sufficient steps to protect their data

Nicole Bogart reports: Cyberattacks targeting post-secondary students are becoming increasingly common, but new research shows only 15 per cent of Canadian students have taken extra steps to protect their online data. According to research from cybersecurity firm McAfee, publically disclosed cyberattacks targeting the education sector increased 50 per cent year-over-year in the first quarter...

NU faces ‘very real’ cyber threat: 9.94 million attacks blocked daily

This article by Rick Ruggles about the University of Nebraska’s security challenges may give some readers a better understanding of what happens on a daily basis.  Here are some snippets: …  the number of attacks on systems is shocking. He said NU’s information security efforts block 9.94 million attacks daily. Many of those are...

Cincinnati Public School students’ busing info, including pickup spots, inadvertently released to wrong recipients

Max Londberg reports: Cincinnati Public Schools inadvertently released busing information, such as students’ names and their pickup and drop-off locations, to the wrong recipients. The district planned to disseminate about 7,000 students’ information Thursday as a reminder to families as the first day of school approaches. But the district’s internal email system sent an...