Cyberattacks targeting post-secondary students on the rise, but most not taking sufficient steps to protect their data

Nicole Bogart reports:

Cyberattacks targeting post-secondary students are becoming increasingly common, but new research shows only 15 per cent of Canadian students have taken extra steps to protect their online data.

According to research from cybersecurity firm McAfee, publically disclosed cyberattacks targeting the education sector increased 50 per cent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2019.

But of the 1,000 students surveyed by McAfee, only 15 per cent admitted to taking extra steps to protect their personal academic data online – while over 70 per cent proactively protected their bank of financial information.

Read more on CTV.  So somehow, parents, schools, and the media have done a better job of getting students to take steps to protect their financial data.  Maybe it’s because students do not really see as much risk if their student data is stolen or compromised vs. their financial data. How we can help them take the compromise of their student data more urgently?

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