Security breaches grab headlines and fill TV airtime, especially when they affect big-name retail, healthcare and financial brands. Higher education institutions certainly aren’t the exception to the rule; but thankfully, there are steps and best practices that IT staff at higher education institutions can take to mitigate security risks while allowing students and faculty to thrive and be productive.

Large quantities of student and faculty information, complicated information systems, and distributed environments spread across departments make higher education institutions just as much at risk for security breaches as large corporations.

According to a 2015 study by the Ponemon Institute, the...

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