Campus data can be hacked in 2 hours
HACKERS can obtain universities’ sensitive data in under two hours, research shows.
Experts urged institutions to take urgent action to ensure they have ‘sufficiently robust’ protection against cyber attacks.
The warning comes after industry tests showed a 100 per cent success rate of gaining access to university records within two hours, according to a report by the Higher Education Policy Institute and not- for- profit technology company Jisc.
Their report said more than 1,000 Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks were detected at 241 UK education and research institutions last year. These hacks attempt to sabotage servers or websites by flooding them with bogus requests and traffic.
Author Dr John Chapman, from Jisc, said: ‘We are not confident all universities are equipped with adequate cyber-security knowledge, skills and investment.’ HEPI director Nick Hillman added: ‘Universities hold masses of data on sensitive research and on staff and students, but some of it is not properly secured.’