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Stop, Thief! Identity-theft threats seem to be a constant, thanks to porous networks and laid-back users. But there are some key strategies campus leaders can use to help keep the bad guys at bay. By ElizaBEth Millard “Identity theft may not be your fault, but it could be your problem,” says dan holden of iBM’s X-Force research group, which examines identity theft. “it’s hard for any organization to achieve a high level of prevention and control, but it’s worth the effort to try.” although many higher ed institutions lock down their networks, eschew the use of Social Security numbers as identifiers, and train it staff to protect student privacy, identity theft is still widespread on college campuses, holden notes. Still, there are ways administrators can—and should—help protect students, staff, guests, and their own good names from falling into the digital hands of identity thieves. here are six prevention practices. 1. Pinpoint different perspectives on privacy. it needs to protect a range of users, from professors on the brink of retirement to 18-year-olds who have just claimed their side of the dorm room, and it is useful to understand that different groups have unique perceptions of what constitutes private information. “Kids raised on Facebook and MySpace don’t have much of an idea of privacy. They believe everything is up for public consumption,” says Stephen Katz, founder and president of the consulting firm Security risk Solutions and former chief information security officer at Citibank. Students may also feel that if a breach does happen, they’ll be protected anyway, a view that has been bolstered by the type of identity-theft control provided by credit card companies and banks. having a strong grasp of what students believe about privacy will help shape user education efforts, Katz notes. “They learn not to go into each other’s lockers and backpacks, so they need to shift that learning to data, and realize that some things really should be kept private.” October 2008 | 45 1

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - October 2008

University Business - October 2008
Editor's Note
College Index
Company Index
Advisory Board
Behind the News
Future Shock
On the Hill
The Changing Chaplaincy
Stop, Thief!
Chief Business Officers Speak Out
Independent Outlook
Internet Technology
What's New
End Note

University Business - October 2008