Universities and businesses will need cybersecurity and Big Data experts as society becomes increasingly dependent on online communications and transactions

universities-cybersecurity-big-dataDuring the summer of 2012, the state of South Carolina suffered a massive cyber attack in which 3.9 million tax returns and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers were exposed in a hacker attack at the state Department of Revenue.

Hackers also targeted the University of South Carolina’s College of Education’s web server, compromising about 34,000 students, faculty and staff personal information. Names, addresses and Social Security numbers as far back as 2005 were stolen.

How did this happen and what are universities doing to prevent future attacks?

After more than a year since the attack, it remains unclear who hacked the school servers, although it is believed to have come from outside the United States.

USC was criticized for not taking appropriate preventive measures to protect student identity, and for its delayed response informing everyone of the security breach. A third-party company named Kroll Advisory Solutions was brought in to help USC victims monitor their credit reports.

In addition to consulting with security firms, USC, along with other major universities, is taking preventive security measures by partnering with IBM to educate students in cybersecurity and Big Data careers.

The company provides technology and materials to the schools, and students come out trained and comfortable with its tools.

Next page: eCampus News shares Big Data resources.

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