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July 30, 2013

Universities Putting Sensitive Data at Risk via Unsecure Email

Colleges and universities are putting the financial and personal information of students and parents at risk by allowing them to submit such data to the school in unencrypted email.

That was a finding in a survey released Monday by Halock Security Labs after surveying 162 institutions of higher learning in the United States.

Half the institutions allowed sensitive documents to be sent to them in unencrypted emails, the survey said, while a quarter of the schools actually encouraged such transmissions.

"Typically, they do what they need to do to comply with regulations, but they're weak on risk management and actively controlling  and managing risk," Terry Kurzynski, a partner with Halock Security Labs, said in an interview.

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http://www.cio.com/article/737252/Universities_Putting_Sensitive_Data_at_Risk_via_Unsecure_Email