New findings have shown that there has been a 51% increase in cyber attacks on educational institutions in the country. In light of the findings, Gil Messing, Director of Communications at Deck Point, spoke today (Sunday) with Anat Davidov on her program “Where’s the Money” on 103FM. “The data on Israel is significantly out of proportion to the size of the country. We are in the third and dubious place on the list of countries in which the education sector is attacked,” Messing said.
“In each country the mix of attacks is different. The average shows that every organization in the educational institutions sector is attacked about 4,000 times a week, which is just the number we can thwart,” explained the communications director, who argued that the number of investigative attacks is simply less protected.
He added that “if you think about it in depth, educational institutions have a lot of attractive information, a huge amount of information about a lot of people, from personal information about students and their parents, through credit cards to medical information in some cases. Universities and research institutes, which are also considered “In this sector, there is valuable information like patents and research. Security-hostile elements or those who want to make money are looking for this information, or paralyzing the system in order to pay a lot of money to release it.”
He said a large number of countries in Asia and Europe are facing cyber attacks, given the fact that institutions have switched to a distance learning format following the Corona, making it easier for attackers because pupils or students connect to the main network remotely. He also said that the Corona Vaccine Institute was under attack: “Sometimes there are countries that try to obtain information to understand where other countries stand. The same thing happened with the Corona Vaccines. That’s right, to try and get the parameters of the vaccine. “
Messing then explained how students can avoid a cyber attack on their PC: “There are two practical and main things. First of all, a lot of these attacks happen because we get a message that is from the school or university ostensibly. It looks like a completely normal message, asking to click On a link to make a listing, it looks like the official system of the school or university, but it really does not. Click and do not enter personal details. “
The second way he says to evade cyber attacks is not to use the same password for all sites: “Most of us use the same passwords for everything, and that’s one of the motivations that leads to cyber attacks. A hacker can get a child’s password not for his school, but then those passwords are used in places “It’s important to change passwords in different places.”