Colleges’ vulnerability to the EXPIRO malware is just the latest reason for higher education’s increasing focus on protecting data.

A survey released last year showed that eight in 10 colleges and universities allow students to access the school network with any mobile device they bring to campus, but less than half have an official policy for enforcing certain security standards before a smart phone or computer tablet can use the school’s internet connection.

Those findings – along with a range of others showing campus technologists fret over student and faculty data security – were detailed in an report from CDW-G that listed higher education’s most persistent IT concerns.

Without requiring students to comply with mobile-device safeguards that protect against their smart phone or iPad making the campus network vulnerable to hackers, botnets, or malware, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and other personal information remain at risk.

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