What is Cyber Security?
Cyber security is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. These attacks usually aim to:
- Access, change or destroy sensitive information
- Extort money from users via ransomware;
- Interrupt normal business processes.
From an individual perspective, cyberattacks generally aim to steal our identity and information to gain access to our financial accounts. It can impact our lives for many years.
It has changed and continues to evolve
Cyberattacks have become more sophisticated with ransomware targeting individuals and attacks leveraging more vulnerabilities. Cyber criminals have increased their capacity at discovering vulnerabilities namely with remote access to our information due to the increase in online activities, nationwide hackers and artificial intelligence.
- Remote work presents a challenge for every establishment regarding the securing of their assets, and the widespread usage of mobile devices (phone, laptops, tablets, etc.).
- Nationwide hackers from places such as Russia, China and North Korea are large groups of hackers funded and controlled by governments with a political agenda.
- Artificial intelligence is increasingly leveraged to conduct cyberattacks from well-crafted phishing emails to analyzing massive volume of information.
Cyber security is crucial for everyone
Cyberattacks can potentially lead to the spread of false or damaging information about the University or yourselves, and potentially harm reputations and negatively impact lives in many aspects.
- From an organizational perspective: The University has a legal obligation to protect information and business decisions to prevent it from being distributed illegally and misused. We must also protect personal information that could be used to easily identify the University’s community members to protect their privacy.
- From an individual perspective: To prevent a hacker from committing crimes or fraud in your name. The consequences of these attacks could also affect your relationship with your friends and family. Ex.: if a hacker opens a financial loan in your name, it will likely impact your financial standing and lifestyle, in addition to potentially impacting your family.