Top 10 Data Breaches at Educational Facilities in 2014

The causes of the breaches varied widely, although hacking appears to be the most common and destructive.

Of the 28 data breaches made public by U.S. educational institutions last year, the University of Maryland, College Park’s was the largest, with 309,079 records affected, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

The causes of the breaches varied widely, although hacking appears to be the most common and destructive. The University of Maryland’s and North Dakota University’s (whose data breach affected more than 290,000 records) were caused by database hackers. Riverside Community College’s data breach was the result of an employee inadvertently emailing a file to the wrong email address. At Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, an unencrypted laptop computer was stolen.

In most of the cases, the information exposed included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and other data of current and former students, faculty and staff.

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Below are the names of the U.S. educational institutions that reported largest data breaches in 2014.

  • University of Maryland, College Park; 309,079 records
  • North Dakota University; 290,780 records
  • Butler University; 163,000 records
  • Indiana University; 146,000 records
  • Arkansas State University College of Education and Behavioral Science’s Department of Childhood Service; 50,000 records
  • Riverside Community College; 35,212 records
  • Iowa State University; 29,780 records
  • Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College; 20,000 records
  • University of Wisconsin-Parkside; 15,000 records
  • Seatlle Public Schools; 8,000 records



About the Author

Robin Hattersley Gray

Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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