02 August 2019
Academic institutions around the world are increasingly being targeted by hackers, it appears. The cyber-attacks range from ransomware to ones that seek out sensitive research data the institutions may have. Close to home, the Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) attacks on Singapore’s universities in April 2017 were carefully planned, and the objective may have been to steal information related to government and research. According to a report by the US-based Ponemon Institute, which conducts research on privacy, data protection and information security, the education sector saw one of the highest per capita data breach costs at US$260 for each record containing sensitive data, just behind the health industry (US$369), in the survey across 16 industries in 12 countries.