5 key Cyber Security trends everyone’s talking about in Higher Education

Navigating today’s cyber security landscape is a daunting task and even more so when we attempt to cast our gaze into the uncharted territories of the future. The saying, “shaping the future with wisdom from the past,” resonates as we strive to forecast and plan future cyber security tactics in education. 

In this article, we delve into cyber security land and highlight key trends hitting the higher education sector in 2023.

The journey through the cyber security landscape in recent years has been a riveting one, driven by a mix of global geopolitical incidents and evolving legal frameworks, notably the progression of GDPR guidelines. This mix of influences has culminated in a consistent year-on-year uprise in security incidents. High-impact vulnerabilities, such as ProxyShell and Log4J, have garnered significant attention, thrusting cyber security into the spotlight of mainstream media. This trend has heightened concerns within the cyber security insurance market, a state of unease that persists even now.

Here’s our 5 key Cyber Security trends in Higher Education:

1. Universities recognise the crucial role of cyber security and continue to channel resources towards fortifying their digital walls against prospective cyber-attacks, either utilising inhouse capability or partnering with a third party.

2. Measuring, budgeting for and tracking investment in this domain remains an uphill task, worsened by a shortage of cyber security expertise within universities plus the never-ending challenges of recruiting talent.

3. Universities with a strong focus on research are witnessing a consistent annual surge in cyber-attacks, primarily designed to pilfer intellectual property rights related to their research, with the end goal of illicit monetisation.

4. Securing comprehensive cyber security insurance policies is becoming a real challenge for universities, as insurance providers express escalating concerns over the inadequacy of technology and process controls within these institutions, in addition to the rising trend of cyber-attacks in recent years.

5. Most significantly, except for institutions dedicated to cyber security, the pursuit of education – not cyber defence – remains at the heart of our universities.

Building cyber security resilience is never going to be a simple and easy task, especially when trying to provide board level assurance. Migrating to a cyber pro-active model instead of reactive is critical for educational establishments requires a comprehensive understanding of the threat landscape as well as remediation measures available to combat this ever-evolving priority. This in itself can be a full-time project, that’s why you need a partner that not only has knowledge but up to date knowledge.

Academia’s cyber security experts helps assess, protect, detect, respond, and remediate risks and threats, delivering cyber solutions that align to campus level objectives whilst adhering to stringent security compliance standards.

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