The University of Maryland notified 288,000 students, faculty and staff early last year that their personal information was breached in a "sophisticated computer security attack." One month after that breach, the institution suffered a second cyber-intrusion, although it was able to limit the impact, with information on only one senior official at the university exposed.
In the aftermath of those incidents, the university is rolling out a data security strategy under the leadership of Eric Denna, its new CIO. He says universities must strike a delicate balance when attempting to stem the tide of data breaches. "As an institution of higher education, our mission is to preserve a culture of openness, innovation and exploration, while simultaneously reducing the likelihood of future [cyberthreats]."
Originally Published February 3, 2015
By Jeffrey Roman
Data Breach Today