VERNON HILLS, Ill. -- CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation [NASDAQ: CDWC] and leading source of Information Technology (IT) solutions to governments and educators, announced today, in conjunction with Eduventures, the results of the CDW-G Higher Education IT Security Report Card 2006 a survey of 182 higher education directors and managers across the United States. The study reveals that 58 percent of surveyed higher education directors/ managers experienced at least one IT security incident in the last year. Nine percent reported a loss/theft of personal student information. With an average of 4,097 students per institution in the U.S, more than three million students could be impacted by loss/theft of their personal information.*
Without question, IT security is an issue that everyone in higher education needs to take seriously as institutions continue to experience security breaches at a high rate, putting valuable data resources and personal identity information at risk, said Stan Gatewood, chief information security officer for the University of Georgia. The CDW-G Higher Education IT Security Report Card takes an important look at the very real challenges higher education IT directors and managers face and what it will take to overcome them as they strive to improve IT security at our nations colleges and universities.