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  • University Data Breaches Pose Threat to Students, Academic Openness

    April 02, 2014, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    North Dakota State University administrators confirmed last week that hackers never accessed the personal information of more than 200,000 students, faculty and staff housed on the server they successfully infiltrated. This attack perfectly suits the modern hacker’s MO. They attack open systems wherever they can find them. Just like predators on the African plains, they ignore the strong and well-protected, instead going after the weak and the old. Once one system is compromised, hackers can use it to vector into others, as they did in the recent breach at Target.

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