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Chronicle: "Educational Data Breaches Declined in 2009"

The Chronicle for Higher Education is reporting that there were "slightly" fewer instances of data breach in education last year compared with the previous two years. A report from the Identity Theft Resource Center says 16% of data breaches were related to education; whereas, 41% and 18% were related to the business and government/military sectors, respectively.

According to the Chronicle, of the 498 reported cases, there was a nearly 50% jump in paper breaches. Interestly, intentional attacks surpassed human error for the first time in three years. Hacking remains the number one cause of breaches, with "accidental exposure" and stolen or lost mobile devices or jump drives coming after it.



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