17 Nov 2021

Event Round-up: Cyber Security in Higher Education

A summary and the recording of techUK's recent webinar exploring cyber security in Higher Education sector.

On 3 November, techUK hosted a special webinar to explore cyber security in the Higher Education sector, to share knowledge and best practice on the security challenges faced; and to look at how industry can help to ensure the UK education sector is resilient against cyber threats by helping establishments to improve their cyber security and their response to cyber incidents.

Over recent months there’s been a marked increase in ransomware attacks against education establishments, and several cyberattacks on higher education institutions have been the work of well-funded and persistent attackers. The sophisticated nature of attacks – particularly those after valuable research – means that universities and colleges must protect themselves with high levels of cyber hygiene and protection.

During this event, we took a closer look at some recent examples of cyber-attacks, data breaches and user misconfigurations; as well as how to prevent ransomware, manage risks in internationalisation and implement a Zero Trust model in Higher Education institutions.

Our expert panellists for this session were:

  • Helen Patton, Advisory CISO at Cisco and former CISO of Ohio State University
  • Alex Pearce – Chief Technologist, Education, Softcat
  • Dan Wake – Policy Manager, Universities UK

The webinar also offered attendees the chance to ask the panel questions and we touched on issues such as the efforts being made to share threat intelligence within the higher education community; how far along universities are at viewing cyber security as a strategic aspect of their enterprise; and how universities in other countries a are they dealing with compliance pressure.

Watch the full webinar here:

Dan Patefield

Dan Patefield

Head of Cyber and National Security, techUK

Jill Broom

Jill Broom

Programme Manager, Cyber Security, techUK