Educational Technology

September 28, 2014

College Campuses Get An “F” In Cybersecurity

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by Abigail Wang, PC Magazine

BitSight Technology used external data that involved identifying the type of malware infections that struck the schools to rate the groups of universities’ performances on a scale from 250 to 900. The Big 12 had the best security rating with 661 while ACC performed the worst at 588. Overall, however, colleges and universities seem to fail to adequately address security challenges. BitSight notes that the security rating of the education sector as a whole is alarmingly lower than retail and healthcare, two industries that have suffered recent serious data breaches. The schools that did demonstrate a higher performance rating have a dedicated CISO or Director of Information Security on staff, which is crucial for better security on campus. As the school year progresses from September through May, security performance dips drastically due to the increase of students and devices on campus. These institutions also experience high levels of malware infections, including the Flashback malware that targets Macs, as well as adware and Conficker.

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