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Why must Education sector focus on Cyber security?

Author : Sanjay Katkar, Joint Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer, Quick Heal Technologies

Sanjay Katkar

Sanjay Katkar ,Joint Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer Quick Heal Technologies

Nowadays, educational institutes possess lots of data when it comes to students' and staff personal information. With the increased digital capabilities from students and faculty, cybercriminals are targeting educational institutions more often. In May 2015, Pennsylvania State University's engineering school was the target of a cyber-attack. The attack continued for few weeks before it was detected compromising records of some 18,000 students. In March 2014, University of Maryland's network was the target of a cyber-attack. It compromised 287,580 records of students, faculty, staff and other associated personnel.

It has been observed that the education sector ranks very high on the list of targets for cyber-attacks. Investigations have shown that the educational institutions are woefully lacking in preparedness to handle cyber threats and attacks. Apparently, even the education sector does not escape the evil eye of cybercriminals.

Many educational institutes overlook security challenges and fail to understand the impact of a cyber attack.


What is at risk?

Many educational institutes overlook security challenges and fail to understand the impact of a cyber attack. Educational institutes hold a wealth of personal data of students, staff, administrators and third-party vendors. Have a look at the type of data educational institutes hold:

Financial data: Institutes store financial information of the students and staff. Many students have direct debits set up for their monthly expenses. This requires the institute to store the bank details. This valuable information can be misused.

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