Within recent years, the amount of cyber attacks that have befallen companies have significantly increased. The top two sectors that are having breaches include the healthcare and retail sectors. However, perhaps it may come as a surprise to find that the sector with the third highest incidents related to security breaches is the education center. Specifically, higher education with Universities and Colleges throughout the nation being targeted. This further necessitates the importance of cyber security.
Just last year, major breaches occurred at Pennsylvania State University, University of Connecticut, Washington State University, the University of Virginia and John Hopkins University. At all these schools, various information was stolen from credit card data, social security numbers, and even research information. It is likely that Universities are now being targeted because for the most part, schools are not aware that security is a problem or they are simply not catching holes in their security in time. In fact, in a recent study where Tinfoil Security tested the security networks of 557 state universities using a cross-site scripting attack, twenty-five percent of the school were vulnerable to an attack. Another reason that security breaches at Universities have been more successful than in other sectors is because often, Universities do not have strict control over the software and hardware that students and the faculty use. The difficulty increases when you consider that unlike many corporations, Universities cannot control the devices that people are bringing on campus.
Professionals suggest that there are still things that can be done to protect Universities and the students and faculty within them. They suggest that whatever limited resources schools might have for Cyber-Security is focused on protecting the most sensitive information. Another good place to start is by getting the Universities to acknowledge that cyber-attacks are a real threat in the first place. If this is the case, it is likely that more of the budget will be used for security, which will do more good in the long run.
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If you have an old computer that you no longer have any use for, you might be wondering what to do with it. Before making any decision, you should know that many states have regulations where you can’t simply throw away your computer into the trash. This is because of the amount of hazardous materials and heavy metals that are in computers. Instead of throwing away your old computers, recycling them is the preferred option of getting rid of electronics.
Within the recycling world, there are different ways to recycle. While wiping hard drives clean so that computers can then be re-used is considered a form of recycling, the most common way of computer recycling is when the physical computer is destroyed and all parts that can be reused are sifted out, otherwise known as computer destruction. One important thing to consider when destroying an old computer is that all of your old information is on the computer. Just because you may have deleted all the files from it, they are still written on the hard drive. This means you want to be careful about how you get rid of your computer. Some recycling companies are not certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency, which means all of your data on your computer could be at risk. With this in mind, it is important that you take your old computer to a certified recycling company.
West Coast Computer Recycler offers safe and secure data destruction services. Since they are certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency, you can rest easy knowing that they will safely and securely destroy your computer while also securely getting rid of any data that may be on it. In addition to hard drives, West Coast Computer Recycler also destroys laptops, RAM sticks, CD/DVDs, USB thumb drives, cassette tapes, and more.
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Steps Needed For Computer Destruction
There are a few steps needed with computer destruction. Making sure all old info is erased off the computer and Making sure the company is certified are a couple of very important factors.
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