Hackers Are the Best Data Security Guards

October 30, 2018

Education Cybersecurity Weekly is a curated weekly news overview for those who are concerned about the Education industry. It provides brief summaries and links to articles and news across a spectrum of cybersecurity and technology topics that are specific to the industry.

Cyber attacks are increasing internationally – in the second quarter of this year there was a 35% jump in DDoS attacks.

The first blockchain university presents a new model of higher education

EdSurge on October 25, 2018

A group of researchers affiliated with Oxford University have proposed a new model of higher education where traditional administrators are replaced by “smart contracts” driven on the blockchain. The platform is designed to progressively automate the administrative tasks and allow professors to organize their own colleges, teach and take payments from students directly.

The first blockchain university was named the Woolf university. Its founder Joshua Broggi told that the system would better connect professors and students.

Underemployment among academics and poor coordination with students is the intellectual equivalent of allowing the most expensive real estate in London or New York to sit empty. In the same way that we saw Airbnb allow for a more refined allocation of real estate resources, we believe that Woolf can make better use of academic resources.

Joshua Broggi

Haka by hackers: New Zealand schools are facing the rise of cyber threats

NZ Herald on October 28, 2018

Haka is not about the dance in this case – New Zealand schools are facing the growth of cyber attacks. According to the Network for Learning (N4L), providing internet services to 98% of New Zealand schools, six institutions were targeted with “dozens of attacks” aimed at taking down their websites in the first week of this term. Chief product officer Gavin Costello said when N4L noted an enormous amount of traffic heading towards one school IT team tackled attacks with “scrubbing” software, which diverted unwanted traffic and allowed “the good traffic” to keep flowing. In fact, the problem could be due to staff and student laptops connecting to school networks without adequate security – students or staff may be using a malware infected device and not know it. However, he does not exclude the possibility that attackers were disgruntled students and emphasized that it was a common case when the best hackers end up being employed by computer companies.

Actually, the attacks are increasing internationally – in the second quarter of this year there was a 35% jump in DDoS attacks conforming to Verisign report.

Swiss Cyber Academy makes cybersecurity education available

Education Technology on October 29, 2018

KPMG Switzerland and UK-based cybersecurity firm Immersive Labs joined forces in countering cyber threats. Companies launched the Digital Cyber Academy (DCA) – a cloud-based cyber training and assessment platform that is available for free to all Swiss universities and institution of applied science as well as the using the tool in-house to train its own cyber experts.

Users of the DCA are immersed in virtual cyber labs and face challenges taken from real life. Nearly 365 universities worldwide have already implemented DCA platform into the education process. By the way, KPMG Switzerland integrated such format of cybersecurity training into its recruitment process, so that students who master the challenges confronting them will have the chance of a highly promising career in KPMG’s Cyber Security team.

The superpower of creative learning spaces

eSchool News on October 25, 2018

Implementation of innovative technologies is more supplement than the basic principle in the education process – the main aim is to create a space where the full potential of students could be revealed.

Creative learning spaces house advanced technology such as interactive whiteboards, 3D printers, audio/visual production, and programming labs that help students develop better problem-solving and design-thinking skills. However, the crucial role belongs to the collaboration of a teacher, parent, administration, and student because group projects in an open space allow students to improve their social and interpersonal skills. Moreover, creative spaces provide students an opportunity of communication with local industry partners to gain knowledge and experience that correlates with a student’s desired career pathway. Thus, the diversity of technology in education is obvious – it’s more important to use them effectively.

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