What can higher ed institutions do to protect their data and their students’ data? Learn 5 ways to protect data and meet compliance.

security-strengthen-IT35 percent of all security breaches take place in higher education. 500+ security breaches have occurred at 320+ higher ed institutions since 2005–a rate of just over 1 security breach per week.

These are just some of the sobering findings from recent research, with sources that include EDUCAUSE and the SANS Institute, and compiled into an infographic by SysCloud–a company that helps enterprises and educational institutions more easily transition to Google Apps and ensure continued safeguarding of their users’ data.

Other findings include the most common causes of security breaches in higher education: Hacking of malware (36 percent); unintended disclosure (30 percent); portable device (17 percent); stationary device (7 percent); physical loss (5 percent); insider (3 percent); and unknown (1 percent).

The infographic also illustrates the education levels under which most higher-ed security breaches are likely to occur; the percentage of personally identifiable information (PII) that’s actually encrypted; and the top 3 challenges facing IT professionals.

According to research and case studies from institutions that have themselves experienced security breaches, there are 5 specific ways–at a foundational level–that IT professionals can strengthen higher-ed tech security.

(Next page: Infographic and best practices)

About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.

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