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Colleges and universities around the UK are facing a surge in cyber security attacks, such as ransomware and business email compromise (BEC).
Housing significant volumes of sensitive personal student and staff data, intellectual property and innovators of world-leading research, education institutions are a tempting target for cybercriminals.
In 2020, the pandemic resulted in a sudden shift to remote learning with schools, colleges and universities around the world closing their premises. With such an accelerated move to deliver learning and teaching remotely, along with the unique, frequent changing community of users, UK education institutions have become a persistent target with countless cases reported, disrupting services and infrastructure.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), warned institutions in September 2020, then again in February 2021, and also in June 2021, as they observed an alarming increase in ransomware attacks, further emphasising the urgency of organisations in the sector to be prepared for cyber-attacks and improve their cyber security.
Quorum Cyber are committed to ensuring the education sector is resilient against these evolving attacks and are proud to partner with educational establishments across the UK, to combat some of the biggest and unique challenges facing the sector.