A team of ethical hackers has successfully intruded cyber defense systems employed by universities across the UK. The test attacks were merely done in a span of two hours.
The team was from Jisc -- an organization that provides internet services to the majority of UK’s universities. The experts could access and view personal data, finance systems, and research networks.
What led to the issues?
John Chapman, head of security operations at Jisc suggests that the universities’ lack of cybersecurity knowledge being the reason for growing attacks in the country. Chapman told BBC that, “...we are not confident that all UK universities are equipped with adequate cyber-security knowledge, skills, and investment. Cyber-attacks are becoming more sophisticated and prevalent and universities can't afford to stand still in the face of this constantly evolving threat.”
All in all, the UK has witnessed thousands of breaching attempts on systems belonging to the universities in the past year. It is high time for the education sector to step up its game and employ necessary cybersecurity measures to safeguard academic computer networks.