University of Portsmouth beefs up IT security after 'cyber incident' as campus reopens

THE city’s university has vowed to tighten its cyber security to prevent any future attacks.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 3:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 3:44 pm
The University of Portsmouth has said it is working on its cyber security to prevent any future attacks. Picture: Habibur Rahman

It comes after the University of Portsmouth had to shut its campus and suspend its IT network for 12 days after what is believed to be a ransomware attack.

A university spokesman said: ‘We take the security of our systems and our data protection obligations extremely seriously and we are working with experienced cyber security partners to secure our systems, contain the issue and prevent future incidents.

‘We are moving as quickly as we can to bring our secured systems back online.’

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A ransomware attack is a cyber infiltration in which the perpetrators may demand a ransom fee for the restoration or non-publication of vital data.

However the university has moved to reassure staff and students that no vital data has been lost.

The spokesman added: ‘We have informed the relevant authorities, including the police and appropriate regulators. At this stage, and while investigations continue, we are not aware of any evidence that data was taken.’

The university has confirmed the campus will reopen on Wednesday.

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