New University term could be disrupted by cyber threats23 September, 2020
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned colleges and universities that rising numbers of cyber-attacks are threatening to disrupt the start of the new term, according to BBC News.
There has been a recent spike in ransomware and phishing attacks on educational institutions, according to the NCSC. Schools, Colleges and Universities are already facing problems with Covid-19 for the new term, but cyber-attacks could de-rail any preparations.
In a typical year, universities are a common target for cyber-attacks, seeing up to 1000 per year in the UK, but over the course of the last 3 months, these numbers have been rising. It has been speculated that the rise in these ransomware attacks is due to the global lockdown and increased remote teaching.
Newcastle University and Northumbria have already been targeted by cyber-attacks this month and further colleges faced attacks last month.
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