UK University suffers cyberattack, ransomware gang claims responsibility

The cyber incident has taken most of Newcastle University’s systems offline and officials estimates it will take weeks to recover.  While students are slowly preparing to return to their universities and colleges after a prolonged absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Newcastle University in England has been left reeling from a cybersecurity incident that has affected almost all its systems.  The university first became … More UK University suffers cyberattack, ransomware gang claims responsibility

Getting into cybersecurity: Self‑taught vs. university‑educated?

Are you considering a career in cybersecurity? What learning path(s) should you take? Does formal education matter? ESET experts share their insights. With cyberthreats on the rise, cybersecurity professionals are, unsurprisingly, a hot commodity. According to a recent study, there will be 350% growth in open cybersecurity positions from 2013 to 2021 and it is estimated … More Getting into cybersecurity: Self‑taught vs. university‑educated?

Universities warned to brace for cyberattacks

The UK’s cybersecurity agency also outlines precautions that academia should take to mitigate risks. The United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued a stark warning to universities across the country, urging them to be on their guard against cyberattacks. The main risk is, in fact, two-fold. Firstly, it comes from ne’er-do-wells seeking financial gain via … More Universities warned to brace for cyberattacks

Hackers steal 19 years’ worth of data from Australia’s top university

It is the second major breach that the Australian National University suffered in 2018. A premier Australian university has disclosed a cyberattack that compromised the personal information of its students and staff extending back nearly two decades. “We believe there was unauthorised access to significant amounts of personal staff, student and visitor data extending back 19 years,” … More Hackers steal 19 years’ worth of data from Australia’s top university

Hackers crack university defenses in just two hours

More than 50 universities in the United Kingdom had their cyber-defenses tested by ethical hackers, and the ‘grades’ aren’t pretty. A team of ethical hackers recently conducted tests on the cybersecurity defenses of more than 50 universities in the United Kingdom. In each case, it took them less than two hours to gain access to … More Hackers crack university defenses in just two hours