In addition to their role of fostering education, academic institutions play a pivotal role in facilitating the transfer of new research and ideas into policy and action at a national level.

Because of this crucial role in politics and technology, the academic sector is increasingly becoming not only an attractive target for malicious cyber actors, but a priority objective. The predominant threat to this sector originates from targeted intrusion adversaries suspected of seeking information that could support espionage operations or compromised infrastructure for use in additional operations. Academic institutions also face a serious and increasing threat from eCrime adversaries, to include Big Game Hunting operations, banking trojans, data extortion, Business Email Compromise, phishing, and cryptomining.

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