Educational Technology

October 12, 2015

The Cyber Siege of Higher Education in North America

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by David Shipley, EDUCAUSE Review

A flurry of cyber security incident headlines this summer is illustrating a growing threat facing nearly every higher education institution in North America. Notable incidents included news this spring that Penn State University’s entire Engineering School had to be taken offline for an extensive investigation and clean-up of its network and systems. That incident was followed in August with similar news from the University of Virginia (UVA) of a targeted cyber attack against two officials whose work was connected with China. The news this summer that Harvard University suffered a modest hack affecting user credentials in eight schools caused little surprise, nor did news recently that Rutgers University is spending millions this year to strengthen its security in the wake of a series of denial of service (DoS) attacks against its networks and servers.

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