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Campus network security the subject of new study

A $100,000 study will aim to bolster the security of computer networks at Arizona universities, as experts say the schools are targeted daily by hackers. The study, commissioned by the Arizona Board of Regents, should be finished by August. The University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University maintain internal security measures, but this is the first time all three are joining in an outside examination. Security concerns related to hacking, copyright violations and e-mail spam force Arizona State University and the University of Arizona to annually spend an estimated $400,000 each, officials with the two schools said. The regents authorized the assessment March 7, only a few days after authorities discovered hackers had seized more than 50,000 Social Security numbers from a database at the University of Texas at Austin. It was one of the largest cases of identity theft known to hit a campus network. Full Story

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