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Fifteen Percent of NCAA Tourney Teams Breached in the Past Year

Social security numbers and other forms of PII exposed in separate minor incidents

Nearly 15% of universities competing in this year's NCAA tournament were breached during the past year. According to a database maintained by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, the following schools experienced some form of unintended data disclosure since July 2012:

  • Pittsburgh
  • Duke
  • North Carolina
  • Wisconsin
  • Missouri
  • Michigan
  • Ohio State
  • Arizona
  • Marquette
  • Florida

In some cases, the breaches exposed social security numbers, usernames and passwords and other forms of personally identifiable information (PII). A good reminder that any institution handling information on behalf of students needs to take extra precaution to secure the data and ensure it's following disclosure rules laid out in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

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David Tishgart is a Director of Product Marketing at Cloudera, focused on the company's cloud products, strategy, and partnerships. Prior to joining Cloudera, he ran business development and marketing at Gazzang, an enterprise security software company that was eventually acquired by Cloudera. He brings nearly two decades of experience in enterprise software, hardware, and services marketing to Cloudera. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.