UK universities must do more to increase awareness of potential threats online, according to a survey by the higher education ICT organisation Jisc.
Forty per cent of universities set aside a specific budget for cybersecurity in 2015-16, and this figure is expected to rise to 58 per cent in 2017-18, the study found. The level of spending on cybersecurity is expected to rise by an average of 132 per cent over the next year.
Of the 51 universities that took part in the survey, 83 per cent offer information security awareness training to staff, although this is only compulsory in 46 per cent of cases. Just 40 per cent of universities offer similar student training, and only 8 per cent make training compulsory for students.