Cyber Attack Attempts on Queen’s University
Queen’s University, Belfast has highlighted that suspensions on many of the university systems have been shut down as a precautionary measure, due to attempted cyber-attacks.
It has been stated on BBC.co.uk, that the university has outlined there is no evidence that a data has been stolen, but investigations were ongoing surrounding the cyber security matter.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have confirmed that the university has been in touch and has immediately reacted to the incident with regards to future operations, which have now been reviewed and access has been granted where system security has been monitored.
There has been an increased number of cyber security incidents where by UK colleges and universities have been targeted, with a spike beginning in educational sectors in early 2020, which is now unfortunately now not an uncommon occurrence.
The education sector withholds a vast amount of staff and student data, ranging from basic contact details through to finances. Therefore there is no wonder why cyber attacks are becoming more frequent with the mass amount of data to be accessed not only in the UK but on a global basis.
Data security and encryption are areas that must be kept up to date in line with the constant developments of software and the cyber criminals themselves.
If you have been a victim of a data breach via a educational sector, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.
“The university understands that other organisations have applied their own precautionary measures and supports them in doing so,” it added.
It is not yet clear which organisations the university is referring to. However, Queen’s said it took seriously its responsibility to protect its systems and data.
“Students, staff and partners should be confident that the university will continue to work with relevant partners and authorities to complete the required investigations and apply necessary measures to protect against any future risks,” the university statement said.