Cyber attack

NCSC warns of academia becoming victims of cyber attacks

The National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ, has today (Sept 17) issued a warning to academic institutions about the threat of cyber-attacks.

NCSC has warned that schools, colleges, and universities must take steps to protect themselves against cyberattacks after a spate of attacks took place during August.

There are worries that attacks may be deliberately targeted at academia in order to disrupt the start of the new academic year.

Ransomware attacks are becoming an increasingly popular form of attack on organisations.

Ransomware involves encrypting data of an organisation and demanding money in order for the data to be recovered.

Even if money is paid to the hackers, there is no guarantee that they even have the data ready to be decrypted.

One of the best measures that institutions are being told to take by NCSC is to back up their data offline, so that should their data be encrypted, they still have a backup available offsite.

Paul Chichester, Director of Operations at the NCSC, said:

“This criminal targeting of the education sector, particularly at such a challenging time, is utterly reprehensible.

“While these have been isolated incidents, I would strongly urge all academic institutions to take heed of our alert and put in place the steps we suggest, to help ensure young people are able to return to education undisrupted.

“We are absolutely committed to ensuring UK academia is as safe as possible from cyber threats, and will not hesitate to act when that threat evolves.”

PSE June/July Cover

PSE June/July 21

Looking to the future

Our June/July 2021 edition of PSE delves into a number of key issues facing our public sector, including how we rebuild services, the move to a more digital way of working and the growing climate emergency, diving into real-world examples of success from those who are achieving them across our sector.

Videos...

View all videos
#PSE365: Public Sector Decarbonisation

Be A Part Of It!

Save The Date: 9th September 2021
PSE365: Public Sector Decarboniation Event

PSE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of public sector services. 

Over 365 days you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Magazine Feature

Keep communities at the heart of planning

Chris Borg, NALC policy manager

Chris Borg discusses the Planning for the Future white paper and explains the importance of residents and local councils having a say when it comes to planning

More articles...

View all