Government blame students, not foreign powers, for hacking Universities

A new study, by a government-funded agency, found after examining 850 attacks, that most of them are perpetrated by students on their own institutions.

This is not news to EfficientIP, a network protection company, whose Global DNS Threat Research (in its third year running), surveying 1,000 large businesses across nine countries, found that the threats facing the Education sector are even more damaging than suggested in this Government study.

Key findings of the Global DNS Threat Report include:

  • The average cost of DNS-based attacks in the Education sector is $690,000 per attack in the past 12 months.
  • The Education sector faced an average of seven attacks in the past twelve months. Cyber attacks cost the Education sector an average of $4 830 000.
  • 73% of institutions took more than three days to apply a patch to a critical vulnerability.
  • 41% of respondents in the Education sector were vulnerable to DNS-based malware. More than any of the other nine sectors surveyed. In comparison DDoS attacks in the Education sector scored a quite low 18%.