The increasing threat of cyber attacks...

Posted by Daniel Barrass

The threat of cyber attacks on higher education institutions continues to escalate, with hackers employing increasingly sophisticated techniques to target university systems.

The potential consequences of a data breach or disaster recovery event are far-reaching. In a recent Gartner report, 95% of universities say that cybersecurity is a high priority for their governors and/or senior management. This is hardly a surprise when you consider that, if successful, the average cost of a cyber-attack on a university is around £2.9 million in financial, legal, and reputational damages.

If a data breach limits access to a university's student information system (SIS) during critical events, such as admissions clearing, it could result in a decline in enrolment and reduced revenue for years to come, even with a small drop in admissions of just 0.5% to 1%.

On-premise systems can present inherent vulnerabilities, making it difficult for higher education institutions to keep pace with evolving security threats. Maintaining high levels of system availability and performance requires significant resources, and outsourcing disaster recovery services may provide faster recovery times in the event of a breach, but does not prevent the occurrence of a DR event.

To mitigate these risks, over 30 universities have moved their SIS to Tribal's SITS Cloud - where security is managed by our specialists with the knowledge and resources necessary to maintain the highest levels of security, and agility.

This offers numerous benefits over on-premise systems, including improved security, scalability, and cost predictability.

Trusting us to keep your critical SIS optimised in the cloud as a managed service means you no longer have to worry about the mundane cyber hygiene activities like software updates that are so critical to maintaining a secure and functioning service for your students and staff. 


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