As students, teachers, and educational admins gear up for the school year, they should have more than new books and a fresh wardrobe in mind. Higher education leaders at EDUCAUSE said that their top IT concern for 2016 is information security.

According to DataLossDB, of the nearly 1,500 security breaches that happened in the United States in 2015, 9 percent were aimed at education institutions. Even top-notch schools such as Harvard University, University of California-Berkeley, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been victims of attack in recent years.

The reason for this? The goals of higher education—to share ideas and collaborate, to communicate with thought leaders around the world, and to expand minds through research and development—are not easily met through tightly-guarded networks. Instead, universities need open networks—some of the most open in the world—to accommodate the students, faculty, and visitors that come and go.

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at guilfoil.j@blastmagazine.com. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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