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U of Nebraska Breach Highlights Education In Crosshairs
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6/1/2012 | 7:35:52 PM
re: U of Nebraska Breach Highlights Education In Crosshairs
This breach at the University of Nebraska is one example of the many educational institutions increasingly targeted by phishing criminals with different motives and different levels of sophistication. Higher education is bombarded by phishers focused on stealing usernames and passwords, and that can create a smoke screen for the more damaging phishing attacks focused on faculty, finance, hospital, and research staff. -The IT security professionals that work in this space really have their work cut out for them. These larger-scale enterprise security challenges explain the need for multi-pronged approaches to IT security, beyond the physical security itself. One of the biggest threats to educational institutions like the University of Nebraska is not necessarily the security products utilized by the IT Department, but the people working there. Having trained over 3.1 million employees (using PhishMe.com) like those working for the University of Nebraska, we have found that immersing people in the experience through mock phishing exercises, and presenting immediate, bite-sized educational materials to those who are susceptible has had the desired effect of reducing human vulnerability to these attacks. With so much sensitive data in one place, educating university personnel and students about phishing attacks is a step in the right direction for this vulnerable sector that is higher education.
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For more information please visit my recent blog post about higher education: http://blog.phishme.com/2012/0...
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-Aaron Higbee CTO and Co-Founder, PhishMe


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