Cyber Security Essentials for Higher Education Institutions 2 Days

Higher education has long struggled with finding a balance between academic freedom, supporting local communities and cyber security. The educational threats are among the more complex cyber security challenges in light of the role educational institutions play in their communities, and in cyberspace.

Every educational institution should be aware that cyber criminals make money by stealing personal information and selling it on the black market to other criminals, who then turn the data into cash through a range of fraudulent schemes.

Why do school administrators and educators and need to know this? Because schools of all kinds — from primary through secondary and higher education — now have databases full of personal information about faculty, staff, and students. To cyber criminals, who are not fussy about whose data they steal, these repositories of personal data make an appealing target.

Most universities’ financial, administrative, research and clinical systems are accessible through a campus network. Similarly, medical records, student records, many employment-related records, library use records, attorney-client communications, and certain research and other intellectual property-related records are housed on campus servers. As such, they are vulnerable to security breaches that may compromise confidential information and expose the university to losses and other risks.

These security risks have impacted over 200 colleges and universities to date, institutions that have lost control of more than 22 million files of detailed data and information that include social security numbers, and other personal, medical, financial, professional, and extremely sensitive research project information.

Cyber security presents a complex and increasingly significant set of challenges, much of which goes to the heart of how universities need to strike a careful balance between security and the benefits of openness in a digital networked age. Getting this balance right will play an important role in the long-term vitality of institutions in the future.

No college or university is immune, regardless of size. What was once an occasional problem is now something that happens with startling regularity, and higher learning institutions may soon view privacy breaches as near-certain events. Extensive awareness, capacity development to manage risks, thoughtful planning and effective resource deployment are crucial to stem the tide.


Course Content

Emerging cyber security threats to universities


Attacker’s motive and profile


The complexity of cyber security in higher education


Cyber security threats universities facing from emerging technologies


How Higher Education Institutions Can manage their Cyber Security Risk


Critical steps to mitigate cyber threats in higher education


Protecting security of university education records


Privacy and Network Security Liability in Higher Education


Managing Data breach in universities


and more...

1. University staff and students
2. University administration, management
3. University Head of IT, Networking, Security University IT personnel
This course is designed to empower university-wide end-users (staff and students) and individuals tasked with protecting the cyber infrastructure and information assets of university systems.
The course highlights the complex threats universities are facing from highly organized cyber criminals, hostile nation states and non-state actors.
Subsequently effective combating of cyber-crime will ensure internet security for government departments, public utilities, transport operators, communications service providers and financial institutions amid a surge of cyber-attacks.