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Data Protection: Five Challenges Facing Today's Educational Institutions

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    Access Management

    Employing a centralized administration that graduates students and retires faculty.

    A school community is a living, breathing entity. Students transfer from other institutions and graduate. Visiting faculty members spend short periods of time at an institution to collaborate on research projects. Centralized administration of these users is vital to govern how users are accessing data and when. The deployed management system must accommodate the comings and goings of community members while also flagging suspicious activity. Both characteristics are key to successful data security.

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Data Protection: Five Challenges Facing Today's Educational Institutions

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    Access Management

    Employing a centralized administration that graduates students and retires faculty.

    A school community is a living, breathing entity. Students transfer from other institutions and graduate. Visiting faculty members spend short periods of time at an institution to collaborate on research projects. Centralized administration of these users is vital to govern how users are accessing data and when. The deployed management system must accommodate the comings and goings of community members while also flagging suspicious activity. Both characteristics are key to successful data security.

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.