Security & Privacy


Georgia Tech Breach Strikes Possible 1.3 Million

Georgia Tech recently went public about a data breach — the second in less than a year — that could have exposed the personal information of up to 1.3 million people.

Pearson VUE Tightens ID Verification in Online Testing

Computer-based testing center company Pearson VUE will be embedding new identity verification into its remote testing service.



Identity and Access Management: A Discipline, Not a Project

Getting IAM right can take some serious planning and analysis plus a commitment to continued evolution over the long term. Here, three universities share their experiences.

Higher Ed Uncovering New Ways to Apply Data and AI Across Campus

The use of data analytics and artificial intelligence, the inevitability of data breaches and six other topical subjects made up the latest "State of Higher Education" report from consultancy firm Grant Thornton.

Cryptojacking Targets Education

Malicious cryptomining or cryptojacking, as it's called, describes the theft of computer processing resources — electricity, cloud services and other digital assets — that are then exploited to do cryptocurrency mining without the owner's permission or knowledge.

Students Invited to Hunt Down Online Vulnerabilities on Stanford Systems

Stanford University has implemented a "bug bounty" program that pays people for finding vulnerabilities in the university's software systems. Set up by the Information Security office, the program is only open to Stanford students and full-time employees. Rewards range from $50 to $1,000, all paid in Amazon gift cards.

Best Practices for the Release of Data Under FERPA During School Emergencies

"A delicate balance exists between privacy and security in schools," a recent federal report on school safety noted. "On the one hand, there is the legal requirement to protect the privacy of student education records. On the other hand, it is critical to recognize that some education records may contain information that, if disclosed to appropriate officials, could help prevent students from harming themselves or others."

American Universities Are Next Battlefront for U.S.-China Tech Debate

The federal government is grappling with how to develop policies to curb Chinese economic espionage at American universities without falling into racial or ethnic profiling.

Microsoft Introduces edX-Based Cybersecurity Training Program

Microsoft has introduced a new series of open access courses on cybersecurity that can be taken for free or, for more formal recognition, as a certificate program for a fee. The Microsoft Professional Program Cybersecurity track includes 12 courses — 10 of which must be completed successfully to earn the certificate. The program is hosted on edX and includes labs, community interaction and quizzes. Content is delivered online through videos.

IT Security Tops Educause Issues List 4 Years Running

In the coming year, IT organizations in colleges and universities expect to be grappling with "data-enabling" their institutions, funding, and setting up their units as institutional leaders and change agents. That's what IT leaders told Educause in its latest survey to determine the top 10 IT issues for higher education.

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