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Schools Data Breaches

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August 1, 2008

Schools Account for 25% of Data Breaches
Experts at a higher-education computer security conference this spring said that one in four data security breaches involves educational institutions. In a talk about the growing prevalence of cyber fraud and identity theft, Brian Foster of Symantec Corp. told those assembled at the Educause/Internet2 conference that "the education sector accounts for the majority of data leakages with 24 percent of all breaches, followed closely by the government," according to eSchool News. Foster said that theft and loss are the top reasons for data leakage.