Protecting universities against worldwide cyber attacks

By Jillian Marshall

July 19, 2013 Updated Jul 19, 2013 at 11:34 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A New York Times article released earlier this week says there are millions of hacking attempts on America's research universities, including Cornell University.

Cornell, just like any other research university, is taking precautions against hackers.

In fact, the university is concerned about research and patents being stolen, as well as personal information, said Tracy Mitrano, Director of Information Technology.

"We do have information about people: Employees, students and alumni. We want to do the best job that we can, absolute industry standard, to preserve and protect the information about the people who interact with our institution," Mitrano said.

Mitrano says maintaining a network for thousands is one of the reasons universities and colleges nationwide have raised their tuition.

She adds that the best way to keep information safe safe is to update your computer and network as frequently as possible.

"I think everyone should be very self-conscious about maintaining their computer, just like you would want to be self-conscious about maintaining your car," Mitrano said.

Mitrano says the first step to stopping a hacker is to detect and secure your system from vulnerabilities.