Report: Ed Sector Target of More Malware Events than any Other
More than a third of all malware events in 2014 occurred within the education sector, according to
NTT Com Security's 2015
Global Threat Intelligence
The report, which analyzed more than 6 billion attacks for trends, points to the rise of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs. "[C]onnecting
large amounts of users to public networks through a variety of devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones), cyber criminals know to target this
vulnerable audience segment, resulting in this sector having the most detected malware-related events," according to a news release. "Students
and staff use these vulnerable networks to check grades, schedule meetings, log into financial assets and more, opening up their personally
identifiable information to criminals."
"The history of open networks at education institutes has resulted in network architectures where there is usually no strong separation
between areas containing sensitive data and untrusted areas where professors, students or visitors can connect," said Chris Camejo, director
of assessment services for NTT Com Security U.S., in a prepared statement. "This makes it more difficult to prevent, detect and respond to
attacks. IT officials must develop a strategy that is custom to the BYOD culture that they have embraced."
The full report is available at nttsecurity.com.
Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.