The Cybersecurity Program

Our nation's goal is to make cybersecurity a priority. Cyberattacks are frequent and they seem to be gaining ground in prevalence year-on-year as instances of breaches in schools and higher education are widely reported.

In recent years we have seen news of ransom attacks causing financial damage, for example, the breach on the University of Calgary where the institution allegedly handed over $20k to cybercriminals, and malware attacks causing mass disruption, shutting down businesses for a day while IT professionals rebuilt the system.

The more worrying breaches are where people's safety is compromised. Educational institutions are entrusted to safeguard their students, many of whom are minors, but a weak cybersecurity infrastructure can put them at risk.

It is an unfortunate fact that, while cybersecurity in Education is necessary to protect against financial loss and prevent disruption, it is also crucial to protect our society from harm.

Which is why the sector needs to do everything it can to ensure their applications and systems are protected, and work to overcome any challenges.

In this program, we will look at the current state of cybersecurity in Education. We will discuss the most common reasons for attack, the highest threats and the main challenges facing the sector to help you understand why cybersecurity needs to be a priority, and how you can help and make a change.