Ohio U. Plans Upgrades to Prevent Thousands of Hacking Attempts

Published: August 1, 2006

ATHENS, Ohio – Upgrades to reduce the amount of hacking attempts plaguing Ohio University (OU) computers are planned for the school, officials announced this week.

The university has been a constant target for hackers, whose hits come at about 10,000 an hour, say school officials.

With a cost of up to $8 million, the upgrade includes a perimeter firewall, additional employees and security staff, and the ability to remove existing Social Security numbers from computer records, encrypting those that remain for university purposes.

OU officials expect the new system will help eliminate security violations and plan to reorganize program functions so that students and faculty will find them more efficient. According to administrators, these system renovations should be completed within a year.

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