Preventing Data Breaches: Lessons From Higher Education

Alex Rothacker writes:

Since 2008, higher education institutions have experienced a staggering 158 data breaches resulting in over 2.3 million reported records compromised. In 2009 alone there were 57 reported data breaches, and year to date through July of 2010, there have already been 32 breaches.

Considering that most breaches are not reported until well after the fact, 2010 is on pace to surpass the 2009 breach totals. So the question is: Are higher education institutions familiarizing themselves with the threats and regulations, and costs associated with protecting sensitive data? And are they being as diligent as necessary to protect that data?

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