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Protecting Data Starts With Strong IT Staff

by Meg Conlan

EdTech

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Higher Ed Can’t Afford Weak Links in IT Security

According to Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, education accounted for 6.6 percent of all reported cybersecurity incidents in 2015, tying with business as the second-most-breached subsector. The new ranking is one notch higher than it was in the 2015 report.

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Partnering to Protect Data Security

Cybersecurity risks are growing in many industries, including education. A 2016 report from Symantec shows the education industry “one notch higher” than it was in 2015 in terms of reported cybersecurity risks, representing 6.6 percent of all reported incidents. The problem is that, in education, IT staff may not be prepared to meet the challenge. What is the situation for your school system or college?

Threats to data security are likely to escalate so now is the time to begin building an infrastructure to support and protect your data. Developing internal staff to meet growing needs is one obvious area of focus. Another related option is identifying and partnering with key vendors to provide the expertise you may not have within.

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