April 12, 2017//Ellen NeveuxLast Updated: November 18, 2020
Educational institutions provide network access to many different parties including faculty, staff, students, and contractors. In addition to having access to campus and course information, these parties may also store their own personal data on university servers. A security breach could result in a disastrous loss of information ranging from email addresses to online course materials.
In addition, your school may face penalties for violating The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act – a federal law that protects the privacy of student records. Depending on the nature of the data breach, your school may even lose federal funding for financial aid.
Here are a few ways educational institutions secure their sensitive data:
While many people assume data breaches primarily affect big companies, educational institutions are actually a prime target. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse found that there were 19 known data breaches on educational institutions in 2016 resulting in the loss of 64,989 records.
With so many different people coming and going, and accessing files and personal information on a regular basis, you can’t afford to have subpar data security at your university.
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