December 12, 2020

Cyber protection via JISC

CCL’s commercial director Lisa Burton highlights how we can offer immediate practical assistance to a higher education sector having to cope with more than one viral bad actor.

The UK’s universities are not only under threat from Covid; this year has also seen a steady wave of cyber attacks, including the summer’s Blackbaud hack affecting at least a dozen UK institutions and more recent incidents affecting Newcastle University and Northumbria University. This follows the headline grabbing reports last year that revealed that every single university probed in a formal testing program could have been hacked in under two hours.

The disruption, distress, reputational damage and financial fall-out are not what higher education administrators want to be wrangling with at a time of unprecedented pressure brought on by the pandemic – nor as they move forward and cope with the double whammy of an enduring altered landscape and on-going budgetary constraints.

CCL has a place on the JISC framework, in fact we are their primary cyber security partner – but we can only protect those members who ask us for our help! The good news is that procurement is both accelerated and simplified thanks to the JISC framework agreement – meaning that if you want to strengthen your cyber security posture now, you can.

Our approach is comprehensive but cost-effective: it starts with a CCL CyberCheck, a thorough examination of your current environment and a full risk analysis and remediation plan. From now until the end of the year, we are also offering a free ‘cyber refresher’ session, where your IT team can sit down with our cyber experts to gain a better understanding of today’s threat landscape and some practical advice on prevention and mitigation.

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