There has been a major shift in the type of breach incident happening in the education services sector according to the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report.
Can you spot the shift in the graphic below?
Source: Verizon 2017 DBIR
Cyber-Espionage has exploded since mid-2012! That’s right, because of the cutting-edge research that happens at many colleges and universities they have become a target for state-sponsored hacking.
As Verizon puts it…
“So college isn’t just pizza and tailgates—research studies across myriad disciplines conducted at universities put them in the sights of state-affiliated groups.”
So while of course the personal information of students and faculty were commonly extracted during breaches (a little more than half of all breaches) intellectual property losses were tied to a little more than a quarter of all breaches.
Targeted or Random Acts of Unkindness?
The evidence is clear that state-sponsored hacking and some criminal, profit based hacking is specifically targeting the hallowed halls of our academic institutions.
How do They do it?
Good question. Here is the answer in a graphic from the Verizon report.
Phishing email was the predominant threat vector in the social category while the use of stolen credentials was the dominant hacking technique. One interesting thing to note is the number of incidents involving Social and one or more other vector.
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