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Why Phishing Still Works (and What to Do About It)

Protecting against this age-old cybercriminal tactic requires a combination of technology and education. Here's how to help users recognize a phishing threat and what to do when an attack gets through your defenses.

Cybersecurity Survey: External Threats Growing Faster Than Response Capabilities

In a new survey, a majority of education organizations reported they have not improved their cybersecurity detection or resolution capabilities — even as attacks against schools have skyrocketed during the pandemic.



Ransomware Attack on Software Provider Finalsite Shuts Down Thousands of School Websites

Thousands of K–12 schools and universities found their websites inaccessible last week after website software provider Finalsite was hit by a ransomware attack. The company was still working to restore full functionality Friday afternoon.

Cybersecurity Company Launches Academic Program

Security and automation software company HelpSystems has launched an academic program to put its products into the hands of education providers.

Internet2: Extending Identity and Access Around the Globe with InCommon

During its 25th anniversary year we've been looking back at the evolution of Internet2, highlighting its technological advancements and the vibrant community at its heart. Today, we're talking with two Internet2 executives about InCommon, a key component of Internet2.

Study: Credential Thieves Targeting Universities Using COVID Themes, Sophisticated Spoof Sites

Cybersecurity experts at Proofpoint have identified a dramatic increase in phishing attacks targeting mostly North American universities, many of which leverage COVID-19 themes including testing information and the new Omicron variant.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Finds MFA Success

A New York institution has succeeded in getting its users to adopt multi-factor authentication. Hobart and William Smith Colleges began its MFA adoption in the 2019-2020 school year, tightening authentication procedures gradually among specific applications and web services and across its community of students, faculty, staff and network guests.

WatchGuard Expands Unified Threat Management Line

WatchGuard Technologies has introduced four new mid-range models in its Firebox line of unified threat management appliances.

Ransomware Expected to Increase 150% This Year

Ransomware and fileless malware are both seeing large surges this year, according to a newly released report from WatchGuard Technologies.

DDoS Attacks on the Rise, but Education Networks Largely Spared

In the first half of 2021, dedicated denial of service (DDoS) attacks were up by double digits. But somehow schools, colleges and universities, despite being favorite targets for ransomware and various other forms of malware, have been by and large overlooked — even as DDoS becomes a companion tool in ransomware incidents.