From the potential financial gain of accessing student fees, the data theft of private information of employees, to accessing restricted research and risking national security, the education sector has a lot to lose in the event of an attack. With threats growing against the industry daily, investing in security measures to identify vulnerabilities, harden protection and safeguard assets has never been more crucial.
There is a current shortage in professional IT skills. With fewer IT experts available, schools often face cyber threats alone. And with limited IT resources, they are unable to face threats effectively.
As students continue to study and attend classes online, the more unsecure networks and endpoints are used. Providing hackers with opportunities to infiltrate video calls and online discussions.
Lack of Awareness
The majority of students, teachers and leaders in the education sector are not trained in security protocols. Which opens organisations up to insider threats and third-party vulnerabilities.
In order to safeguard student data, research, processes and finance, schools must put in place strategies to mitigate cyber threats.
To do this, security patches must be maintained, and protocols to defend and test environments should be utilised. Not only should strategies be placed internally, but training for all students and staff must actively be encouraged. Especially with regards to ransomware and phishing. Educating students about cyber risks, to know how to recognise threats and to safeguard devices will instil a culture of awareness.
In the UK Alone, Over 80% of Higher Education Institutions Have Identified a Breach in the Last 12 Months
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