Universities Help Drive Need for Data-Security Advice

October 3, 2014 – In The News
New Jersey Law Journal

Scott L. Vernick was quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal article, “Universities Help Drive Need for Data-Security Advice.” Full text can be found in the October 3, 2014, issue, but a synopsis is below.

Data breaches at major retailers and financial institutions have grabbed the headlines this year, but threats are not limited to for-profit entities, according to attorneys.

Even those universities that have not been the victims of major incidents are looking to strengthen policies and procedures and remain proactive, attorneys say.

While universities may not have the amount of desirable credit card information as retailers, they “certainly have information that cyberthieves are interested in,” according to Scott Vernick, a noted privacy attorney. “Without a doubt, given the pressure that any organization is under to not be a victim, there are a lot of questions.”

“It will continue to be a growth area” because regulators are honed in, Vernick added. “It's a lot to keep track of. ...You have a lot of people working overtime in the cyber underworld.”