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Experts: University Data Breaches Not Surprising

DATA LOSS—U.S.

July 9, 2010

A data breach affecting 53,000 at The University of Hawaii (UH) Manoa this week is the latest in a recent string of university data breaches. The University of Maine, Florida International University and Penn State University all reported breaches this week, as well. Dark Reading reports that breaches at higher-education institutions don't surprise security experts. Education has been one of the most frequently targeted verticals, says one, because they tend to have more open networks that often aren't maintained well. "They have Social Security numbers; they have health records, and they also have financial information from the parents who are paying the bills," said another expert.
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