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University Business: "UBTech 2014: Innovation Everywhere"

07/28/2014 News Release Imgage

University Business: "UBTech 2014: Innovation Everywhere"

. . . Darren Hayes, computer information systems program chair at Pace University in New York, said in a featured session about cybersecurity that the United States is constantly under attack and the target is intellectual property.

Universities that do research with government institutions and government contractors are attractive targets for cybercriminals trying to steal intellectual property. These criminals attack universities because higher ed computer networks are generally less secure than the networks of those government agencies, such as NASA, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force.

Hayes said Java and Adobe programs are particularly vulnerable because many users don’t install software updates. “Anti-virus and traditional firewalls are simply not robust enough to be your best line of defense.”

Institutions must not only have cybersecurity policies but they must regularly educate faculty, students and other users about how to resist potential attacks. “What a lot of people don’t realize is that many things that seem innocuous are ways of gaining intellectual property from a university,” he said.

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