A malware attack on a university’s computer systems is nothing short of a nightmare. Apart from slowing down campus-wide internet services, malware can extract sensitive personal information and give rise to data breaches across the campus. I want to use a grade calculator.
What is Malware?
It’s a malicious software created to steal computer users’ sensitive information or trigger damage to their computer systems. Malware consists of spyware, adware, viruses, ransomware, keyloggers, botnets, and more. While some malware use sophisticated codes, others are mere phishing attempts that victimize unsuspecting, susceptible email users.
The Massive Pile of Data Universities Have
Unfortunately, cybercriminals triggering such malware attacks know that college campuses are likely to retrieve the data lost during such attacks. I want to use a cumulative GPA calculator.
This is what’s reflected in the words of Sue Marquette Poremba, who says the university stores the medical records and personal data of 70,000 learners and 20,000 faculty members and other staff members, along with financial information related to sports and theater season-ticket holders. When the intellectual property created by the university’s graduate learners, professors, and other research professionals is added to the mix, the data held is massive.
All these reasons and more make it vital for universities to safeguard themselves from malware and other cyber attacks.
Having Adequately-Planned Online Security
Universities should have a robust online security plan. This means having an excellent IT department that vigilantly keeps a close eye on the university’s network and plans to implement the best possible security, including having security protocols ready before events occur.
Investing in Educational Security Solutions
Several educational companies offer strong security solutions for universities and schools. Since these solutions protect against online security threats (like malware detection software) and even provide emergency management tech, it pays to invest in them.
Employing Antivirus Software
Universities, schools, and departments should use up-to-date antivirus software that regularly and frequently updates to offer complete protection against newer bugs and viruses.
Making Use of the Cloud
Universities should use cloud-based anti-virus software programs and perform as much work as possible in the cloud. This will guarantee that the most vital information can still be accessed through a cloud service even when data gets lost during possible security breaches.
Encouraging the Use of Strong Passwords
A strong password is hard to crack and hack. All staff members and learners using the university network should be encouraged to have a unique login backed by a strong password. The university can set up guidelines for strong passwords.
The university’s staff and learners should be made aware of their about digital responsibility and role in safeguarding the campus network. The university should provide them with information about guarding their personal computers and devices against malware and other cyber security threats.
Malware costs businesses trillions of dollars each year. It is crime that has the ability to ruin peoples livelihoods. Some of my sites have been hacked before and during this time I was a nervous wreck. We have to do a better job of arresting hackers, and impose stiffer penalties and sentences on them.