Higher education institutes saw a 35% growth in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks from the first half of 2017 to the first half of 2018. Higher and further education (HE and FE) institutions are evidently aware of this fact and are increasing their focus towards cybersecurity. Around 62% of HE institutions and 33% of FE institutions now have cybersecurity budgets which is a marked improvement from the past, but still alarmingly low considering the level of threats with which they are faced. This historical lack of funding has put HE and FE institutions on the backfoot in comparison to other businesses.
This lack of resources, combined with a historically poor level of cyber awareness in the education sector, is putting universities at risk in an increasingly digitalised and interconnected world.
Data knowledge is key
Organisations of any kind, be they banks or universities, can only operate efficiently if their systems are online and available as and when they are required. No institution can operate without data, which is why every organisation needs the ability to recover essential data and get vital workloads back online when a breach or an outage does occur. Recovery is very much the best form of defence.
A zero day recovery architecture is a service that enables administrators to quickly bring work code or data into operation in the event of any outages, without having to worry about whether the workload is still compromised.
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