July 10, 2006

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Computer Security

Sensitive data should never be stored on portable devices, caution BGSU information technology officials.

New software, user caution can help thwart information theft

It’s become an almost daily story—government agencies, private organizations and universities lose sensitive information, either through hacking or theft of portable devices such as laptop computers.

Colleges seem particularly vulnerable, according to national security experts. From Stanford and San Diego State universities in California to Ohio University, which was breached five times this spring, many have been struck. The problem is growing daily and the ramifications could be long ranging and destructive.

It is clear that a proactive approach is necessary to combat the problem, according to BGSU’s Chief Information Officer Bruce Petryshak. For one, individuals must take common-sense steps to avoid compromising information resources and, two, institutions must stay ever vigilant in employing means to safeguard personal and research information.

As a positive measure, BGSU’s Office of the CIO has created the Celo (Kay-Loh) Project, a multiyear, multilevel, multiphase plan to protect data and intellectual property, says Petryshak.


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