2theadvocate.com reports that LSU’s computer network administrators are increasing security amidst network breaches at colleges across the country. These breaches have put students and college employees alike at risk for identity theft. Since colleges keep things on the network that you wouldn’t see at other institutions, colleges and universities make for a uniquely inviting target for hackers. In addition, LSU has over 30,000 people with access to the networks, and the freedom afforded to those users also make it an attractive target. The problem is balancing needs: on one hand, the network stores a lot of personal data, yet for research purposes, data and information need to flow freely. To increase security, LSU plans to scan every device on the network, discontinue the use of Social Security numbers as student ID, and test drive software to identify viruses…