2015 University Data Breaches
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.