Digital higher education still vulnerable

Digital higher education still vulnerable

The study ‘Inside without knocking – Digital resilience in higher education’ shows that, partly due to the incidents, digital security has become a topic of discussion among higher education boards. Universities of applied sciences and universities have also taken more measures. But that attention and the (basic) measures are not always sufficient, and it differs greatly per institution.

Not enough knowledge yet

Some of the colleges and universities do not yet have enough knowledge and protection options. In addition, not every educational institution receives the same amount of up-to-date information to be able to deal with threats. Also, large educational institutions – such as a university with many faculties – do not always have insight into digital security in their various organizational units.

Education boards are themselves responsible for the safety of their university or college. First of all, says the Inspectorate, every individual board should make digital security a permanent part of risk management from now on, and not just leave it to the specialists. No matter how uncomfortable the subject may be.

Do joint initiatives already exist?

In addition, boards should join forces to increase digital resilience: improve cooperation, share information and continue to actively learn and innovate together. There are already joint initiatives within higher education to strengthen monitoring and share information about current threats, but not all institutions are involved.

Digital resilience

There is also a great deal of knowledge and expertise in the field of ICT and education. Because no party bears any responsibility for the digital resilience of higher education as a whole, there is a lack of direction. There is also no clarity as to whether a common picture of what level of protection is sufficient for an educational institution. The joining of forces in higher education must be less voluntary in order to avoid blind spots. The Inspectorate sees a role for the government to take control of this. The government has so far played a limited role in policy and supervision in the field of digital security.

More incidents since 2019

The survey among higher education boards was conducted in response to the digital attack on Maastricht University in December 2019. Since then, incidents have occurred more frequently at universities and colleges of higher education, but also at a science funder and in senior secondary vocational education and secondary education. A cyber attack can jeopardize the progress of education and research. In addition, educational institutions have a special responsibility for data protection because of the personal data of students and pupils they manage.

By: National Education Guide

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