George Ryan

‘My college could be under attack and I wouldn’t even know about it’

One year on from the WannaCry ransomware attack that crippled many public sector services, George Ryan reports on the implications of funding being pulled for a vital online security service that colleges take for granted

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Most colleges in the UK are currently signed up to IT services provided by not-for-profit edtech company Jisc, which offers them a high level of protection against cyberattacks through its Janet Network.

However, from August 2019, the Department for Education says it will reduce funding for Jisc, forcing it to move to a “mixed-funding model” in England. College leaders will have to decide whether to sign up independently to Jisc’s services or look elsewhere for a cheaper, but potentially less secure, service.

This comes at a crucial time – cyberattacks on college computer systems are ...

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