Data Protection: Five Challenges Facing Today's Educational Institutions

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Securing Data Painlessly

Controlling and securing data without causing user pain.

Device management and data protection solutions sometimes make it harder for users to get to the information they need. Some encryption solutions make simple tasks, like resetting passwords and provisioning users, into major hassles for IT teams – and everyone complains up the university leadership hierarchy. Like many other organizations, IT security teams at educational institutions need to find security solutions that don't interfere with how students, faculty and staff interact with each other.

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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