As the rate of cyberattacks increases across the globe, universities are particularly vulnerable. In 2015, Pennsylvania State University and Johns Hopkins University were among several schools attacked by Chinese hackers.And more recently, University College London, one of the world’s premier universities, fell victim to a ransomware attack, following on the heels of a similar attack on the NHS.

Though these examples just scratch the surface, universities have found themselves ranked third for incidences of cyberattacks – but why? What makes universities so vulnerable and so desirable to hackers?

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