By Charles Leaver

College campuses not a haven from data breaches (Part 2)

In a previous post we discussed a breach on Indiana University that left student information exposed. Unfortunately, that is not the only educational breach currently making headlines.

University of Maryland has 309,079 reasons to consider better endpoint security
Whenever a breach occurs against an enterprise or organization, that entity invariably takes solace in knowing it is not alone. Fortunately for Indiana University, they were not the only ones to experience a sizeable breach. In fact, the University of Maryland was hit with an attack that claimed more than double the number of victims than the Indiana breach. Similar to Indiana, the University of Maryland maintains massive databases of information on current and former personnel. When one such dataset containing private records for 309,079 university people was breached, the administration went into overdrive to deal with the fallout.

Labeling the attack “sophisticated,” university president Wallace D. Loh told the university community that the school planned to do everything in its power to protect against any future security breaches. But that promise did not change the fact that private information – including Social Security numbers – had been exposed to criminals. As Loh pointed out in a later letter, the breachers may have been able to break into the internal system because of long-overlooked vulnerabilities.

“There are thousands of databases throughout the campus, many created years ago when the environment for cyber threats was different,” he said.

All organizations must prepare for cybersecurity threats
But cyber threats rage on more potently now than ever before. Their presence necessitates proactive measures on the part of not just enterprises, but any organization that houses information online. A review of your organization’s endpoint protection software could spell the difference between preparedness and powerlessness in a breach scenario.

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