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October 03, 2017
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Education data breaches more than doubled in the first half of 2017, and that’s a worrisome statistic for students and teachers who are back in the classroom for a new school year.
The research by Gemalto, which tracks global incidents, showed that data breaches in the education sector jumped 103% compared to the last half of 2016. There were 118 successful attacks, accounting for 13% of all breaches – or about 640,000 compromised records.
Gemalto also reported that identity theft accounted for 74% of the breaches.
The education sector, especially colleges and universities, keeps a lot of valuable information on file ranging from student and staff names, addresses, medical information and birth dates, to banking and financial data, to innovative research. University systems often have their own medical centers, which suffer from a high rate of data breaches too.
How can educational institutions better protect confidential information?
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