Educational Technology

October 29, 2011

Stepping Into the Breach

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By Sue Marquette Poremba, Campus Technology

Data breaches are going to happen, regardless of what an institution does. How effectively a school responds may be a more telling indicator of its preparedness. If you think your institution is immune to a security breach, perhaps you should have a chat with Brian Rust at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. When asked about data breaches on his campus, the communications director in the Office of the Chief Information Officer answers with the hint of a sigh: “Let me tell you about the most recent one.” This particular breach involved the Wiscard, a student ID that doubles as a debit card. “There were records kept on a server that wasn’t as secure as it should have been,” Rust explains. But he’s quick to point out UW-Madison is no more or less vulnerable than any other university. In fact, he believes that almost every school has suffered a breach or an exposure at some point.

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