Colleges vulnerable to DDoS attack, report finds

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Academic institutions need to take steps to protect themselves against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, a new report finds. Right now, many online systems used by colleges and universities are vulnerable to hacker hijacking.

REN-ISAC, the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center, has completed a report which finds that academic institutions must begin reviewing their Domain Name System (DNS) and network configurations or face hijacking by sophisticated hacking techniques.

Universities Unprepared for DDoS Attack

REN-ISAC is a membership of more than three hundred different colleges, universities, and research centers across North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden.

According to Doug Pearson, REN-ISAC's technical director, the group hopes to make administrators at post-secondary institutions realize that the threat is very real.

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