Jul 19 2013

Can Your University Handle 100,000 Hacking Attacks per Day?

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Colleges Are a Prime Target for Hackers

The New York Times reports that the University of Wisconsin is being attacked up to 100,000 each day:

America’s research universities, among the most open and robust centers of information exchange in the world, are increasingly coming under cyberattack, most of it thought to be from China, with millions of hacking attempts weekly. Campuses are being forced to tighten security, constrict their culture of openness and try to determine what has been stolen.

The attacks are increasing exponentially, and so is the sophistication, and I think it’s outpaced our ability to respond,” said Rodney J. Petersen, who heads the cybersecurity program at Educause, a nonprofit alliance of schools and technology companies. “So everyone’s investing a lot more resources in detecting this, so we learn of even more incidents we wouldn’t have known about before.”

The EDUCAUSE Core Data Service Survey Is Open

By contributing to this survey, you’ll gain access to data from other colleges and provide information for this important review. Data collection is open until September 13, 2013 and you can learn more here.

The EDUCAUSE CORE DATA SERVICE (CDS) is a benchmarking service used by colleges and universities to inform their IT strategic planning and management. Institutions may use CDS to make the case for additional resources, to evaluate organizational structure and governance, or to calibrate or justify performance. CDS focuses on three pillars of IT: financing, staffing, and services, and is organized by a set of IT domains.

Number of the Week

Dropbox accounts for 0.29 percent of global bandwidth. (Editor’s note: Wow!)

10 EdTech Stories You Might Have Missed

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