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Jisc launches survey on cyber security in higher education and research


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Jisc has begun its latest survey for the higher and further education and research bodies on how they are dealing with the evolving threat of cyber attacks.

The membership organisation for technology in the sectors has produced the questionnaire to gauge attitudes to cyber security and assess what technical measures, processes and skills are in place to minimise risk.

It said the survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete online, that the data will be collated and anonymised, and a summary report will be reviewed by sector experts before being published in the autumn. It is expected to be open for around two months.

Head of policy and strategy for Jisc’s Janet network, Dr John Chapman, said: “Results will help steer Jisc’s future work in cyber security, informing decision making on new services, and the type of advice and guidance we provide to support sector leaders’ efforts to build robust cyber security strategies.

“Having gathered information on the state of cyber security across tertiary education and research organisations over several years, we know that the general trend is one of improvement.

“However, the cyber landscape is always shifting and threats continue to evolve, so there’s no room for complacency.”

He added: “Alongside threat assessment, the survey enquires about security certificates, services and training that is in place. We also ask organisations to assess their security posture on a scale of one to 10.

“As a whole, the survey responses will show where the strengths and weaknesses lie so we can target our support accordingly.”

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