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By Bruce Sussman
Wed | Apr 3, 2019 | 9:26 AM PDT

Georgia Tech is known for a lot of things, including great Computer Science programs.

Unfortunately, it is also known as the university that has experienced data breaches two times in less than a year.

And the most recent breach announcement reveals the potential for a huge haul of data.

Someone hacked a Georgia Institute of Technology web application,  exposing personal information for up to 1.3 million individuals, including some current and former faculty, students, staff, and student applicants.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution acquired an email sent to students alerting them of the data breach:

"We continue to investigate the extent of the data exposure and will share more information as it becomes available,” Mark Hoeting, the school’s vice president for information technology, said in an email to students. “We apologize for the potential impact on the individuals affected and our larger community. We are reviewing our security practices and protocols and will make every effort to ensure that this does not happen again.”

Within the last year, Georgia Tech had a much smaller breach as well, impacting 8,000 students in the College of Computing.

The school accidentally emailed information on the 8,000 students to other students. This included the sharing of student ID numbers, telephone numbers, dates of birth, addresses, and grade point averages.

What else is at risk from Georgia Tech data breaches?

There is a bigger question here. How mature (and well staffed) is Georgia Tech's IT security team? 

As Anurag Kahol, CTO at Bitglass, points out, there is a lot at stake at Georgia Tech and for every organization:

"On Georgia Tech’s website, it boasts of 173 industry collaborators and 62 U.S. patents issued in 2017 alone. If the university doesn’t tighten its security controls, this kind of proprietary data is likely to be placed at risk. This is particularly true now that organizations are storing and sharing data in the cloud more than ever before."

And this shift to the cloud continues to make cloud security one of the hottest topics on SecureWorld agendas across North America.

Jonathan Villa GuidePoint sessionThe cloud security session was standing room only in Boston last month, as you can see from this photo.

Clearly, cloud security remains a hot topic in 2019.

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