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

£120,000 fine for university after details of 20,000 staff and students exposed in data breach

The University of Greenwich has received a fine of £120,000 because of the substantial damage and substantial distress caused by a security breach that exposed the personal information of 20,000 people. It’s called “Shadow IT”, and it’s a problem that has now cost a British university £120,000 (over US $160,000) following a serious security breach. … More £120,000 fine for university after details of 20,000 staff and students exposed in data breach

Current uni students ‘less vulnerable to cybercrime’

Current university students have a strong understanding of how best to use social media, resulting in them being “less vulnerable to cybercrime”. This is according to a study by Kingston Business School in the UK, which found that in comparison to recent graduates, they tend to be “safer users” of websites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn … More Current uni students ‘less vulnerable to cybercrime’

Back to university: cybersecurity now a major concern in higher education

Last month I attended my first Campus Technology conference, in Boston. I think it’s fair to say that while computer security was not the focus, it certainly was prevalent and appreciated by attendees. In fact, CIO ranked the cybersecurity topics and panels as one of the “6 Best Things” at Campus Tech. To demonstrate this further, … More Back to university: cybersecurity now a major concern in higher education