For example, consider the experience of Ken Pappas, vice president of marketing and security strategist for Top Layer Networks . He observed this hacking mentality firsthand when he recently took his son to college to start his freshman year.
When they entered the dorm room, his
son's new roommate was working on a computer.
"Obviously being interested in computers, I asked the student what he
was working on.
The kid replied that he
was hacking into the finance office computer so he
could mark his
tuition account as paid," Pappas
sometimes hears similar tales from campus IT chiefs.
They see the biggest spikes in hacking attempts occurring in the few weeks before classes start, he
"It's a nightmare.
The new Web 2.0 apps are giving students more ways to get in," Pappas
"Part of the challenge is [that] the kids in one school [will] take down the networks of other schools -- it's like having a snow day to them.
Schools have become so dependent on technology to run the office and deliver instruction in the classroom.
Taking down the networks is equivalent to removing the cash registers from Wal-Marts.
Without the technology, people can't function," said Pappas
School IT managers should follow a four-step plan to combat the latest threats Web 2.0 brings to school networks, according to Pappas