Hazing Has Been Replaced By Hacking…. Which Means That Universities Need To Improve Their Cyber Defenses

School rivalry takes on a different meaning for university and college students this year, with cyber hackers advancing their methods of attack in the new normal. In the last three months alone, we’ve seen cyberattacks carried out against two of Canada’s largest universities, with both Western University and York University falling victim to a ransomware attacks.

Apparently, covering cars in shaving cream is so last century.

As the long-term shift to online learning becomes a reality, students and institutions alike will need to protect themselves when using tools such as Zoom, Slack and other platforms to complete studies online.

David Masson, Director of Enterprise Security at Darktrace had this to say about universities needing to up their game when it comes to their cyber defenses:

Universities work in an environment based on free exchange of knowledge and national and international cooperation. Threat actors know this and will seek to exploit the relative ease of access to networks provided by the nature of universities’ transparent approaches. 

Security teams who protect universities know that attackers will look to take advantage, and so they use training methods and technology to combat imminent cyber threats. Security teams also realise how difficult it is to defend themselves; it is difficult to have full visibility of their entire digital infrastructure and additionally being able to respond quickly to impending attacks. 

In order to deal with the quantity and quality of threats, which are increasingly complex and happening at machine speed thanks to attackers’ use of AI and developments in 5G, those defending universities need to embrace AI technology themselves to augment and support their security teams to regain the advantage on the defensive side in the cyber arms race.”

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