Security breaches grab headlines and fill TV airtime

When big name retail, healthcare or financial brands suffer a breach, it’s all over the covers of newspapers and the lead story on the evening news. How do news organizations know that security breaches are page-turners and must-see TV? Because everyone can relate to the fear of their Social Security number, bank accounts or other personal information being compromised or stolen. And, higher education institutions are certainly not the exception to the rule.

In higher education, students and families need to feel that their institution’s reputation — often tied to their own identities or even future employment prospects — is one to be confident in and proud of. This extends beyond an institution’s academics, athletics, arts or mission; data privacy and security reflects the trust and responsibility of an institution.