U.S. colleges and universities are failing at cyber security

Kylie Lacey's picture
Monday, August 25, 2014

A recent report from BitSight Technologies entitled "Powerhouses and Benchwarmers: Assessing Cyber Security Performance of Collegiate Athletic Conferences" has found that leading colleges and universities across the U.S. are at even greater risk of security breaches than the retail and healthcare sectors.

"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," BitSight co-founder and CTO Stephen Boyer said in a statement. "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."

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