Rutgers University in New Brunswick has announced that it is to spend up to $3 million (£1.9 million) preventing cyber hackers from damaging the university's networks through implementing stringent cyber security.
Following at least 4 cyber attacks during the 2014-2015 school year, which meant the school was put offline, resulting in cancelled classes, introducing cyber security controls to maintain compliance was clearly necessary.
According to documentation sourced from the state’s Open Public Records, the flagship state university has hired three cyber security companies that are currently testing the huge computer network used by the university, and looking for vulnerabilities.
While the senior staff at Rutgers has admitted the university was an easy target for hackers, reports state that the source of the distributed denial-of-services (DDoS) attacks is still a mystery. The worst attack was in April 2015, when professors were forced to cancel classes, and students weren’t able to submit assignments, access wifi for tests, or use their university email.
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