Campus cyber-attacks take national spotlight

Publication Date: 
July 17, 2013
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July 17, 2016
Tanya Jansen, OCIO Communications
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Research universities across the nation are noticing a rising trend of cyber-attacks. According to the New York Times article, Universities Face a Rising Barrage of Cyberattacks, "Campuses are being forced to tighten security, constrict their culture of openness and try to determine what has been stolen."

These attacks are increasing in number, scope, and sophistication with some universities seeing up to 100,000 daily hacking attempts. Research universities are particularly vulnerable due to the collaborative nature of academics wanting to share their findings and breakthroughs with peers. “It’s sort of the opposite of the corporate structure,” which is often tougher to enter but easier to navigate, said Paul Rivers, manager of System and Network Security (SNS), We treat the overall Berkeley network as just as hostile as the Internet outside.”

In response to the growing number of attacks, Berkeley doubled its security budget from last year. Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer (AVC/CIO), Larry Conrad said, “The time between when a vulnerability is announced and when we see attempts to exploit it has become extremely small. It’s days. Sometimes hours.”

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