Why cyber security in education is a battle worth fighting for

Adrian Jones, CEO at Swivel Secure, explores how schools and universities can start taking the revolutionary steps to protect their institutions from cyber attacks before it's too late.
Cybercrime has been a key focus on the political agenda, ever since the updated National Security Strategy in 2016 and in the process, gained a considerable amount of government investment.
It’s money well spent, with an estimated 33 billion records to be stolen by cybercriminals in 2023 - in particular the education industry, with a reported 1,152 attacks taking place between 2016-17 on Higher Education venues, which is double over the past 2 years.
But it’s no secret that education institutions fall shy of sufficient funding to support their cyber security needs.
The real battle therefore lies with securing funding that is sufficient enough to protect student and staff sensitive information. Despite the updated National Security Strategy, cyber-hygiene has somewhat, slipped off the radar for Government funded schools and higher education institutions.
Unfortunately, this is a problem that cannot simply be swept under the carpet. As a result, the education sector is suffering with an increasing susceptibility to hackers’ malicious activities.
During a technologically-advanced era, where hackers are able to break down university cyber-defences within 2 hours, the education sector stands like a rabbit in the headlights.
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