A number of computers on Ohio University campus reportedly have unprotected sensitive student information, according to a report in the Columbus Dispatch.
Computers on the main campus were discovered during an audit containing students’ Social Security numbers that were not encrypted. This caused security teams to look further into the problem to determine if other computers around campus also stored unencrypted student data.
To prevent any future security risks, University President Roderick McDavis and his technology chief plan to centralize control over university computers. Over 200 servers will be taken control of – security specialists will then scan them to spot sensitive information that has not been properly protected.
During a separate check of computers on the university’s Zanesville campus, a team found Social Security numbers on at least computers that were vulnerable to theft.
Auditors stated that while they cannot confirm how much information was unprotected, they feel confident that no information was stolen or misused.
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