The importance of universities protecting themselves from DDoS attacks

Further from the recent news that The University of London suffered a DDoS attack, Dave Larson, CTO at Corero has given the following comment:

“As always colleges and universities are extremely busy this time of year, with students undergoing finals and preparing for the following year or graduation.  It could be a coincidence that lately we’ve been hearing of various higher education institutions having their networks disrupted by DDoS attacks; but these stories highlight the importance for universities to be prepared against the inevitable damage of DDoS, particularly at this time in the academic year. Not only do universities have a large student population, but they also have hundreds, sometimes thousands of employees, including academics, researchers, service personnel, physical plant workers and even police – a large quantity of people whose personal information they have a responsibility to protect.”