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“What’s behind the rash of university data breaches?”

March 9th, 2009

That’s the question posed by this ComputerWorld article.  Let me take a stab at answering it, using this MS Paint diagram:

University Data is the low-hanging fruit, because University admins are idiots.

University Data is the low-hanging fruit, because University admins are idiots.

Maybe I’m wrong.  My data is out there in the wild – someone tried to apply for a credit card with my information a few years ago.  I’m not gonna go around pointing fingers, but there’s probably an 80% chance it came out of my university. Call it an educated hunch.  Educated by how bad the people in charge of the systems are.  Half the time they don’t function at all; am I to believe they function securely?

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