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Password Breaches at World’s Top Ten Universities Reaches Almost 200k

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Oxford University is Winning the Password Breach Race, beating Cambridge with 47 Breaches Versus 18,724

As students prepare for the new academic year, new research from Authlogics indicates that the world’s top ten universities still have a lot to learn when it comes to protecting themselves from data breaches caused by compromised passwords.

The results of Authlogics latest research follows statistics published by the company at the end of the academic year (May 2022), which revealed 187,648 email addresses connected to the domains of the world’s top ten universities (as recognised by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022) had been password breached. Despite many of these institutions being closed for the Summer the total number of breached credentials has risen by 12,185 to 199,833.

Whilst there is encouraging news for Oxford University and Edinburgh University, each recording no new breaches between May 2022 and August 2022, Cambridge University recorded the highest increase with 94 new breaches with a total of 18,724.

The Password Breach Status of the World’s Top Ten Universities (August 2022),

UniversityNumber of Password Email Breaches

Oxford University47
Harvard University2663
California Institute of Technology3105
Princeton University11631
The University of Chicago15230
Cambridge University18630
Massachusetts Institute of Technology22657
Yale University25605
Stanford University37210
University of California, Berkley50943

CEO of Authlogics, Steven Hope, states:

“The number of breaches will continue to rise unless action is taken. Every new breach potentially increases a university’s exposure to risk. Whilst it is positive to see two of the top ten universities stemming the tide, we need to see these numbers being driven down.” Hope continues: “Making these institutions aware of the problem is the first step, now the onus is on them to take remedial action, whether that is closing dormant accounts, or enforcing password changes. The good news is that this can be achieved in days and well before the start of the new academic year”  

To support schools, colleges and universities, Authlogics is providing a money back guarantee for the latest version of the Authlogics Password Security Management 4.1. This end-to-end auditing, real-time protection, remediation, and reporting solution delivers rapid protection against breached and shared passwords, and mitigates common identity-based attacks such as phishing and keylogging, whilst removing the burden of password resetting from users and helpdesks.

The research was conducted using the Authlogics Password Breach Databasethe world’s largest Breach Database, which holds over four billion breached credentials and more than 1.3 billion compromised clear text passwords, it is the most definitive resource available regarding the password breach status of any live or dormant account.

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