3 On Your Side: College Student Identity Theft Concerns

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As college students begin to head back to school, they’ll get lots of reminders on how to keep their personal belongings safe.  But a different kind of theft could be far more costly.  3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan has some advice for keeping personal data safe on campus. Students pass around a lot of personal information in the first days of the school year, everywhere from the registrar’s office to the bank, and that poses risks. From the federal government to massive retailers — data breaches have become more prevalent in the last few years, and academic institutions haven’t been immune.  Michael Kaiser with the National Cyber Security Alliance says, “You have student data, people coming and going to school for the first time and they’re registering for classes and they’ve got all this information they have to give the institution.  That’s all very valuable data to cybercriminals.” Kaiser believes that exchange of information, plus data from things like medical research, and other scientific contracts can make these institutions a big target.  And some, are only just catching up to that idea.  He says, “They may not always be aware of how much data […]

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