An annual IT security report outlines how education fared against attacks in 2015

Smartphones, social media, and the Internet of Things are all rapidly growing in higher education--and they all pose security risks, according to a massive new report.

In 2015, more than 430 million new unique pieces of malware were discovered by Symantec--up 36 percent from 2014, according to Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report, which features data pulled from the company's network. Last year, 429 million total identities were exposed--a 23 percent increase from 2014. An average of 1.3 million identities were exposed with each breach.

The report offers six...

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Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura