For cybercriminals, finding vulnerabilities in network infrastructure is second nature. With widespread internet access, multiple mobile devices, online learning and smart classroom tools in higher education, hackers have many ways to gain access to critical systems. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the attacks on the education sector. One report found a 400 percent rise in the number of attacks to educational organizations between the middle of March 2020, when remote learning surfaced as a response to COVID-19, and the end of August 2020.
To protect their networks, critical data and intellectual property, many colleges and universities are working to stay ahead of new risks by investing in cybersecurity solutions. Even so, IT leaders are finding it difficult to manage the volume and complexity of security alerts. It has now reached a point where 42 percent of security professionals say their organization ignores a significant number of alerts because they are simply unable to keep up.