Why Cyber Attacks are on the Rise in Higher Education

Higher education institutions—especially those conducting research programs in areas with potentially high economic payoff or those supporting sensitive government contracts—will face ongoing risks associated with Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups. These threat groups are also likely to continue to compromise academic networks to mask their activities and attain access to secondary targets.Financially motivated threat actors will remain an ongoing threat, especially against colleges and universities, given that such institutions tend to contain large amounts of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as student and other administrative records (including, for example, those containing government identification numbers) and the perception that these targets have more vulnerable security postures.
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