Social networks continue to present security challenges on campus, the survey indicated, with more than 20 percent of universities and public four-year colleges reporting a student security incident linked to a social networking site in the last year.

Perhaps surprisingly, 23 percent of institutions still don’t have a strategic plan for dealing with network and data security—and 33 percent lack a strategic plan for IT disaster recovery.

Green said any number of factors might contribute to this finding: At some schools, these plans might still be in development, while at others, revolving IT leadership or competing priorities might have gotten in the way. Still other institutions might have procedures in place, but not an overall strategic plan.

“It’s usually the other way around,” he said, but some campus leaders might have adopted an approach of: “Do first and plan later.”

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