Cybersecurity in higher education: a new landscape

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The particular nature of higher education institutions means they are far more prone to cyber attacks. Elements such as open networks, large volumes of data and freedom of public access expose them to a variety of cyber threats and risks. These are challenges that will only grow as cyberspace continues to evolve.

The environment in which higher education institutions operate, and the data that they store, is what makes them prime targets for a cyber attack.

In order to secure these institutions, it is important for their decision-makers to understand the threats and associated motives and, by doing so, be better placed to implement proper controls that safeguard the institution’s most valuable information.

This article explores these issues in detail, explaining why the higher education industry is targeted and by whom. We also provide some recommendations about how you could help to secure your organization.

The article was written by:

  • Abhay Raman
    Partner, Cyber Risk Services Leader, EY, Canada
  • Fahad Kabir
    Senior Manager, Cyber Risk Services, EY, Canada
  • Seyed Hejazi
    Manager, Cyber Risk Services, EY, Canada
  • Krishna Aggarwal
    Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Services, EY, Canada

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