In a survey, higher-ed leaders revealed that staff don't think of themselves as targets for data theft, underscoring cybersecurity needs.

Cybersecurity should be a concern on your campus–here’s why

In a recent survey, some two-thirds of respondents in the education sector revealed that staff don't think of themselves as targets for data theft exploits

Higher education institutions keep getting hacked, despite (or perhaps partly because of) the accumulated and ever-expanding wealth of knowledge and expertise within their walls. K-12 security breaches have multiplied – hitting new records over the past year. To successfully breach schools and institutions, hackers often take advantage of insiders, sometimes even targeting students directly on school issued computers. And this is not a new problem.

Some experts suspect schools, universities and colleges are being deliberately targeted – whether for monetary reasons or intellectual property theft. Either way, it’s clear that developing and fostering effective defenses mean taking a multi-layered approach.

Today, no effective cybersecurity policy can rely solely on centralized software applications such as antivirus and network firewalls; organizations must aim to close off all potential attack surfaces to minimize chances of a damaging data or information breach.

And, on or off campus, everyone needs to care about cyberattacks and information security, not least because wireless connectivity has become ubiquitous, spreading out from the campus and between staff and students wherever they work or study.

Education Institutions are Struggling on Cyber Threats

Despite the need for campus-wide involvement, according to a recent survey by Apricorn, education organizations are lagging behind other sectors and industries when it comes to IT security practices.

Some 67.19% of respondents–more than two thirds–from the education sector say employees at their institutions don’t think of themselves as targets that attackers can use to access data. That compares to just 37.5% of professionals working in the IT space, for example.

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