In the wake of a recent cyber attack on the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), the need for robust cyber security measures in academic institutions cannot be overstated. Cyber criminals have targeted UWS, causing severe disruptions to their digital systems and risking the exposure of staff and student data. Such incidents are on the rise, and it is essential for schools and universities to take proactive steps to safeguard against these threats.
Why are education institutions a target for cyber crimes?
Education institutions are increasingly becoming prime targets for cyber attacks due to their limited IT budgets and the vast amount of sensitive data they hold. To mitigate such risks, it is crucial for these institutions to invest more in cyber security. By doing so, they can better protect their staff, students, parents, and other stakeholders from the potential consequences of data breaches and identity theft.
Last year it was reported that a large numbers of UK schools suffered data breaches of vital information such as student information, passports, contracts, teaching materials, and other important and sensitive information. This sensitive information was then leaked on the dark web.
One of the essential measures that schools should adopt is to ensure they have a reliable backup of their data. The Department for Education (DfE) requires that schools must maintain an immutable or offline copy of their data. This type of backup is vital in safeguarding against a range of potential threats, including ransomware attacks, technical malfunctions, and security breaches from both internal and external sources.
Safeguarding sensitive data and improving cyber security
CT Secure Cloud Backup is a comprehensive solution designed to protect sensitive data in academic institutions. Leveraging Veeam’s immutable cloud backup technology, CT Secure Cloud Backup provides a secure and reliable platform for safeguarding critical information. By opting for this service, educational institutions can ensure their data remains safe and protected from any potential cyber threats.
The recent cyber attack on UWS is a stark reminder of the growing threats faced by academic institutions. By prioritising cyber security investments and adopting reliable cloud backup solutions, schools and universities can significantly enhance their resilience against cyber criminals. Now is the time for education institutions to ensure their data and the privacy of their staff and students remains secure and protected.
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