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Tehan tells universities to improve their cybersecurity systems

Australia’s federal education minister Dan Tehan has called for universities to be more aware of the dangers of data breaches from malicious cyberattacks.

Tehan has arranged for vice-chancellors to receive “high-level briefings” by experts from the Australian Signals Directorate, a federal intelligence agency that advises the government and defence forces on cybersecurity. A group of vice-chancellors met in Wollongong on 7 August to receive an initial briefing from ASD officials.

Tehan warned that Australia’s universities were “high-value targets for malicious cyber attackers because of the valuable intellectual property and personal information” contained in their data records.

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