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Three security breaches is too many

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Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2008 12:00 am

If you thought UF's problems with technology began and ended with the unreliable ISIS system and the always-crashing UF WebMail, you thought wrong.

Apparently UF's computer servers play defense about as well as the Gators' last five opponents. That's right, we've been breached again.

To clear up any possible misunderstanding before it begins, the Editorial Board would like to emphasize that we aren't budding computer engineers. We e-mail, we Facebook and we solitaire (sometimes spider) - we might not have the clearest understanding of the UF network.

It seems to us, though, that having three security breaches within the past six months, in tandem with the faulty WebMail system, paints a picture that says UF has a lot of information technology kinks to work out.

UF's College of Dentistry was targeted this time. The college's server contained personal information on more than 344,000 patients. In accordance with the law regarding these kinds of problems, the college contacted everyone who may have been put at risk by the security breach.

If you think you're at risk, check your e-mail. An empty inbox should relieve your fears.

The fact that UF is attacked via computer with success so often worries us a bit. We like our identities, and we don't want anyone taking them.

OK, the last breach was a personal error, not the result of a hacker's illegal intrusion. Still, that leaves two security breaches in the past six months, which doesn't sit well with us.

We don't have the answers for these perceived IT problems, but we hope someone around here does.

Welcome to the discussion.