Schools and colleges are facing an alarming increase in cybersecurity incidents. Some hackers seek ransoms while others see value in scooping up personally identifiable information to sell to identity thieves.
Students and faculty from the University of Central Florida (UCF) have filed a class action lawsuit alleging that the university failed to notify affected individuals of data loss resulting from a cyber attack in a timely manner.
In 2015, many college and universities suffered substantial data breaches. In each case outlined below, universities lost personally-identifiable information (PII) on thousands of individuals, from their student bodies to faculty and beyond. In addition to the theft of PII, higher education institutions can be the target of large-scale, sophisticated attacks designed to steal trade secrets and intellectual property. The commercial sector is heavily connected to the leading research in science and technology that stems from colleges and universities. Thus, the security posture of higher education institutions is of great importance on a national level.