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Time for Universities to Teach Cybercriminals a Lesson

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Six keys to security peace of mind for students, faculty and staff

The higher education sector has learned the hard way about cybersecurity, thanks to cybercriminal intrusions that cost billions and disrupted university services and functioning. The security techniques and technology that other sectors have deployed can be quickly adapted for university systems. And none too soon, now that the government prepares to enforce an “enhanced framework to uplift security and resilience” upon universities, and now that students, faculty, researchers, and IT professionals are increasingly sensitive to a university’s cybersecurity performance and making their choices accordingly, with cybersecurity a firm competitive advantage.

The good news is that the pandemic escalated the transition to digital education and highlighted the critical importance of a university’s IT systems. But it also exposed its unique vulnerabilities. Cybersecurity now an urgent priority and a competitive advantage for higher education. The path is clear for university leaders and their cyber experts to earn the security credentials that their constituent needs and expects.

This Point of View explores the key steps universities should take to ensure they are safe from any cyberattacks.