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Indian tops global cyber attacks on education sector: Report

In India, schools, universities, and research centers make for attractive targets to cybercriminals because they are often under-resourced from a security perspective.

IANS Edited by: IANS New Delhi Published on: August 18, 2021 18:26 IST
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The education sector in India was attacked significantly more compared to other industries in the month of July globally.

The education sector in India was attacked significantly more compared to other industries in the month of July globally, experiencing 5,196 attacks per week on average, a new report showed on Wednesday.

By region, organisations in the education sector in South Asia experienced the highest volume of attacks. The most targeted countries were India, Italy, Israel, Australia, and Turkey, according to Check Point Research (CPR).

"In India, schools, universities, and research centres make for attractive targets to cybercriminals because they are often under resourced from a security perspective. The short-notice, on-and-off shift to remote learning exacerbates the security risk," said Sundar Balasubramanian, Managing Director, Check Point, India, and SAARC.

The UK region experienced a 142 per cent increase in weekly cyberattacks on its education sector, while the East Asia region marked a 79 per cent increase.

"With so many students logging on from their home networks using their personal devices, the current school season presents a range of new security threats that many aren't prepared to address," he added.

In more than half of the countries studied by CPR, the education sector is the most attacked sector, and in 94 per cent of them, the education sector is in the top three most attacked sectors.

"Organisations in the Indian education sector should be proactive in their protection strategies. It's important to constantly change and strengthen your passwords and use technologies that prevent cyberattacks, such as ransomware," Balasubramanian added.

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