Data Protection: Five Challenges Facing Today's Educational Institutions

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Encryption Myths

Eliminating data encryption myths.

Countless misconceptions surround data encryption technologies and scare educational institutions. With so much information out there, it is hard for even the most educated administrators to separate fact from fiction. Here's the reality for four common myths surrounding data encryption:

  1. Data encryption does not slow down system performance.
  2. Data encryption helps meet regulations for protecting personal and corporate information.
  3. Data encryption solutions supply cross-platform support and manageability that most O/S encryption capabilities lack.
  4. Data encryption solutions are not too expensive, especially if you take into account the cost of an institution's data at risk and IT labor.

Colleges and universities store a trove of sensitive information, including student records, coursework and research. While hackers probably don't take summer vacations, college networks do see a dramatic rise in attacks during the academic year that runs from September to May. Given this increase in activity and recent data breaches, it is imperative that schools readdress their strategies for protecting this data in the coming school year.

WinMagic Data Security recently published "Protecting Student and Institutional Privacy," an eBook outlining the many security challenges education institutions are facing today and how data encryption can solve many of these data-protection challenges. In this slideshow, Mark Hickman, COO at WinMagic Data Security, has identified the top five data-protection challenges educational institutions will face in the 2014-15 school year.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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