cyber security: [September 2010]

New Policies to Stop Hackers at UNC Chapel Hill
From "New Policies to Stop Hackers" by Andy Thomason, The Daily Tar Heel, September 2, 2010

In response to increasing numbers of hacking threats, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has stressed vigilance and created several layers of protection to defend against threats to the university's sensitive information - including Social Security numbers, medical records, and credit card numbers. According to UNC vice chancellor for information technology and chief information officer Larry Conrad, about 30,000 attempts to hack into U.S. university computers occur every day. In the last several years, during which the numbers of attacks have skyrocketed, hackers have often been members of organized crime from overseas. A new university policy mandates that all servers and other computing devices be encrypted. Stan Waddell, UNC-Chapel Hill's executive director for information security, advises students to keep current with software updates. 

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