Protecting your data against a cyber attack

By Paul Kallenbach and Harry Aitken

Higher education providers are becoming increasingly popular targets for cyber attacks. Attacks against US universities have increased exponentially, and many institutions have responded by allocating significant resources and capital towards upgrading and reconfiguring their cyber security infrastructure.

Why are higher education providers valuable targets?

  • The personal information of students and employees can be used to undertake numerous criminal activities. High-profile universities such as Berkeley are subject to millions of attempted attacks each week, while Butler University had personal information, social security numbers and bank account details of up to 160,000 students and employees stolen over a period of six months beginning in November 2013.
  • Foreign governments are targeting the patents and intellectual property of international universities in order to secure a competitive advantage in domestic markets.
  • Students and employees seeking to alter records and academic results can expose internal security weaknesses. In February, students at the University of Purdue received jail terms for planting keystroke recorders on professors’ keyboards, allowing them to steal passwords and alter grades…

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