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Universities Get Schooled by Hackers
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ThomasMaloney
ThomasMaloney,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/14/2019 | 2:11:45 AM
Lax in security
It is not really that shocking to know that educational institutions have a higher tendency to be lax in their security measures as compared to organisations from various other fields. This is because of the nature of their operations which is considered to be less risky in comparison against other sectors like finance. This makes them even more vulnerable to attacks which usually come unexpectedly.
Joseph Castro
Joseph Castro,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/6/2019 | 11:19:48 PM
Overall Changes
By now, every school system should not be running on old technology. As stated, level of attacks is growing. They're becoming more sophisticated, and schools need to be on top of it. This also requires a good security team with skills to support them. Too many don't pay attention, get comfortable or aren't following basic procedures. Of course, you can't be 100% secured, but if higher education security is still a problem, something is wrong here. Budget shouldn't be the reason either. Colleges and Universities make so much money! If so, this leads to even more than just a security problem. As for students, they should have security awareness training while their attending college. It should be part of their curriculum and required to pass it. In my experience, I deal with users without any decent knowledge. For example, passwords are still weak, mind sets are still on "I will never get hacked" mode, and so many more! The lack of awareness and training carries over. Again, there needs to be change and those with higher voices can make this happen.
ChristopherJames
ChristopherJames,
User Rank: Strategist
1/6/2019 | 8:51:08 PM
Expensive Upgrades
I think the problem here is that universities don't have the money to keep upgrading their systems. I don't think it's because they don't want to keep their facilities protected, but the price that's involved in maintaining the network is very high! Unless they can source the protection to some computing studies students....


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