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With cyber security a growing issue, creating a secure environment for teaching, learning and working online is a high priority for universities. AARNet and other research and education networks around the world are working closely with their customer universities to help understand the scope of the issue and how to address it.
Jisc, the organisation operating the United Kingdom’s research and education network recently asked universities and colleges in the UK higher education sector to take part in the Jisc Cyber Security Posture Survey 2018. The survey explores the challenges that universities and colleges face today and the ways in which they are dealing with them.
In particular, the survey results reveal the top three threats faced by UK universities today:
In Australia, a series of cybersecurity forums held this year by AARNet revealed similar findings for cyber threats faced by universities here.
So how can you defend your university against these cyber threats? Creating awareness about the threats and how individuals can protect themselves is paramount.
The Australian Government’s Stay Smart Online website is a useful resource providing a wealth of information, including:
How to protect yourself from Phishing attempts:
How to significantly reduce your risk of being affected by malware:
Training and educating your staff is vital to having a strong online security system in place to manage cybersecurity threats. Put in place an online security awareness program to keep you and your staff informed about good online security practices. It should include:
Read more about how to implement a security awareness program.
Stay informed on the latest threats – sign up for the Stay Smart Online Alert Service.