According to Homeland Security, hackers are now targeting universities and colleges, which are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks with their complex networks, tens of thousands of registered IPs and limited or non-existent real-time visibility of their connected devices.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse reports that this sector now accounts for 17 percent of all reported data breaches, ranking second only to the medical industry with 27 percent. Last fall, NBC revealed that 550 universities experienced some kind of data breach between 2013 and 2015, with five in 2014 greater than the infamous Sony hack. Since then, the numbers have grown to include dozens of reputable institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Penn State, Auburn, Carlton College and Michigan State University, where a recent breach and theft of thousands of names, identification and Social Security numbers will likely cost the university millions of dollars in addition to the unquantifiable financial and psychological damage to individuals.
Disregarding the fact that student information is protected by federal statute, hackers are searching for lucrative bytes such as employee financial information, retirement account numbers, bank account numbers and, in some cases, student and employee health information. Particularly for universities operating police and fire departments and medical and hospital systems, which are subject to strict regulatory compliance, there is a critical need for preventive, proactive and protective cybersecurity solutions.
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