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ERIC Number: EJ779978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-2
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
5 Ways Sloppy Campuses Can Clean out Personal Data
Read, Brock
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n10 pA24 Nov 2007
There was a time, not long ago, when students signed up to use Cornell University's rock-climbing wall by scribbling their Social Security numbers on a piece of paper tacked nearby. Steven J. Schuster remembers that era with a mixture of amusement and horror. An alarming number of personal records--many laced with Social Security numbers and other sensitive data about students, alumni, and employees--had made their way onto unprotected Cornell computers. Even long after they have stopped using Social Security numbers to identify people, Mr. Schuster says, colleges have to embark on "a very focused effort" to scrub unneeded and unsafe data from campus computers. Some ways of doing that are better than others. To highlight five "best practices" to clean up collegiate security, "The Chronicle" asked several IT officials who have made great strides in scrubbing Social Security data for their advice, which followed these themes: (1) Search high and low; (2) Keep only what you must; (3) Don't forget about alumni; (4) Don't forget about professors; and (5) Don't stop scrubbing. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Massachusetts; Pennsylvania