The recent Georgia Tech breach where 1.3 million students, student applicants, and current and former faculty and staff may have been compromised is believed to be one of the biggest higher-ed data breaches suffered by a university in the U.S.

The vulnerability found in Georgia Tech’s web application speaks to the risks of higher-ed data breaches–risks academic institutions and businesses face daily. Unsecured web applications provide easy access for hackers to gain entry into any business to conduct a variety of crimes.

Related: Don’t be complacent about data security

The three-month exposure window gave the intruder ample time to access critical details to leverage and sell on the Dark Web. This is a warning sign that nobody is impermeable and a sobering reminder to proactively strengthen application security.

About the Author:

Dr. John Holt is co-founder & chief operating officer of Waratek. In 2008, John was instrumental in relocating the company from Australia to Ireland to improve access to international markets. John has a rich history of operational management experience across diverse industry environments including manufacturing, home improvements and human services. John also spent more than a decade in business academics. John holds a BSc Hons degree in cross-cultural psychology and received his PhD from the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.