Threats related to cybersecurity are on the rise among colleges and universities. These schools are a prime target for hackers because of the sheer volume of sensitive data housed within their systems. Gaining access to the computer system of a top university also grants hackers admission to the social security numbers and full financial information of the students in attendance. As a result of this major breach in security, higher education leaders are taking steps to reshape cybersecurity education at their schools.
Cybersecurity starts at the top.
First and foremost, the shift in cybersecurity must come straight from the top in order to be effective throughout the entire university. More than fifty percent of schools now have a CIO (Chief Information Officer) who sits on the president’s cabinet. The goal is to create unity and brainstorm potential solutions to remedy this growing problem.
It starts by reducing the amount of tech jargon associated with these hacks. Professors and teachers do not have the background to understand things in obscure terms. There’s a growing push to stop using technical language to describe potential issues and instead focus on the potential risks associated with cybersecurity breaches.