Eight out of 10 colleges included in a recent study were deemed vulnerable to cyber attacks that could cost IT departments thousands of dollars, highlighting the security downfalls of decentralized campus networks with little interconnectedness. 

WhiteHat Security, a California-based web site risk management company founded by a former Yahoo information security officer, published a white paper last month saying that 83 percent of educational sites managed by the company are susceptible to viruses, hackers, and other security breaches.

The white paper is the eighth in a quarterly series that examines web site security statistics.

WhiteHat's analysis is the latest national report to suggest


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