Education sector’s data compromise is very high, new reports shows

New reports on data security indicate education sector is one of the most compromised industries. The reports also indicate the cases for data breaches and hacking are on the rise in the sector.

Data safety is becoming a trend for all industries and policies are now being skewed towards better protection of data. This is in response to recent data breaches and hacking that has become a thorn to major industry. The education sector has been one of the most affected industries and also one of the most targetted.

Data security in the education sector

New reports from Verizon and Netscout Systems are shedding light on the extent to which industries are taking data security seriously. In their reports, they have also touched the education sector and how it is failing to address the data safety approach.

Verizon’s report indicated that 39 percent of public sector industries had suffered data comprise. In the education sector, the report found that the figure was 44 percent for those affected. The research which involved surveys from 175 from the five major sectors, however, did not indicate what percentage of those interviewed were from the education sector.

The report was, however, useful in highlighting the challenges being faced by the education sector when it comes to safeguarding data. The report also showed that over 50 percent of workers in these industries did not encrypt messages while sending them across a public network. Two-thirds of those interviewed also indicated that they had no problem using a public WiFi network to conduct work-related business.

Rising cases of data insecurities

Netscout Systems’ report also had some insight into how industries, and especially the education sector, are not taking the necessary steps to safeguard their data. The report was generated through their own systems and therefore had a larger pool of individuals considered for computation.

The report found that the education sector’s cyber attacks had grown by over 41 percent in the last few years. The research showed that the attacks range from denial of services which had jumped by 58 percent by the second half of last year, to mobile targeted DDOS which jumped by 64 percent during the same period.

Both reports are clear indications of the risks faced by the industry regardless of the devices used. The reports also highlight the need for increased measures meant to address the numerous loopholes which are being exploited by these attackers.