Data breaches at colleges and universities are on the rise. These institutions are targets because their networks have access to a large amount of private information, including educational and medical records, as well as employees’ personal data. But in other instances, their systems are being attacked for malicious sport.

In a recent Client Alert members of Reed Smith’s Insurance Recovery Group and Information Technology & Privacy and Data Security Group discuss how data breaches will happen, but academic institutions should take certain measures now to protect – or at the very least minimize – their exposure in the event of a breach.