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Clarke Addresses University Cybersecurity

Former presidential adviser Richard A. Clarke on Friday praised Indiana University as the leader in U.S. higher education in protecting vast stores of information in its computer networks from hackers. Clarke, who has drawn widespread attention this month for criticizing the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism efforts, was the keynote speaker at the first Indiana Higher Education Cybersecurity Summit. Clarke said universities have an obligation to safeguard information such as Social Security numbers, dates of birth and even credit card numbers belonging to students, employees and alumni. “Universities around the country have enormous computing power, and that computing power is at many of those universities being hijacked … to attack other networks, flooding cyberspace with enormous amounts of information, bogus information, that causes networks to collapse and be unable to communicate,” Clarke said. Full Story

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