I noted this article with interest, as it demonstrates a wider recognition of the threats now faced by the education sector.
With modern technology making it easier than ever to access and share knowledge, the risks that university networks are exposed to have increased, as this and several high-profile cyberattacks have shown.
Education institutions hold plenty of information that's of interest to criminals, such as student and financial information, research and email. At the same time, they need to ensure appropriate access to information for the purposes of learning.
But, if these organisations safeguard their data properly with suitable cybersecurity capabilities, they can better protect their own data and that of their wider academic community.
A test of UK university defences against cyber-attacks found that in every case hackers were able to obtain ‘high-value’ data within two hours. The tests were carried out by ‘ethical hackers’ working for Jisc, the agency providing internet services to the UK's universities and research centres. They were able to access personal data, finance systems and research networks.