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MI5 warns UK universities of cyber-attack threat
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 04:23:05 -0500 (CDT)


By John E Dunn
11 April 2013

British universities will be issued with overhauled security guidance after a warning by MI5 on the risk of foreign-sponsored cyber-attacks, it has been reported.

According to The Financial Times, vice chancellors of leading universities were reminded by MI5’s outgoing head Sir Jonathan Evans that universities are now considered part of the country’s critical infrastructure and must take steps to secure research data and intellectual property.

It’s not clear what steps university heads have already taken to secure sensitive data but Universities UK is said to be in the process of creating a security guidance document.

“We are drawing the sector’s attention to these issues,” Professor Eric Thomas of Universities UK was quoted by the FT as saying.


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