Sink or Swim: Securing Personal Data Begins with You

November 30th is International Computer Security Day, reminding us to secure our personal data and take precautions against cyber attacks. What’s all the fuss about? As it turns out, 35% of the data breaches in education occur due to human error. This is what Verizon, one of the largest telecom companies, has concluded in its 2019 cross-industry report.

Academic institutions have been an attractive target for hackers. Anything from social engineering to phishing emails can eventually expose the names, email addresses, card credentials, intellectual property, etc. of thousands of students and educators.

Here’s the latest evidence: This summer, the state of Louisiana announced a security alert right after the computers at three school districts were disabled. But that wasn’t the only alarming news to pop up in news feeds: 62 colleges fell victim to the massive data breach due to a security flaw in the ERP software, and the list goes on.

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