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Cyberattacks have increased significantly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and schools and universities have fallen prey to the crimes as well, according to a recent ABC27 news story featuring comments from Harrisburg University Cybersecurity Instructor Bruce Young.

Young shared that cyberattacks have spiked by 700 percent since the onset of the pandemic. This has caused more organizations to adopt preventative measures, he said.

“A thing that organizations are doing because it’s extremely cost-effective is referred to as security awareness and training,” Young said. “Threat protection is the ability to detect incidents of compromise or malware. And the types of attacks you would see coming through the perimeter which is usually your gateway to the internet.”

Phishing is one of the most common methods hackers use to steal information, Young added, noting that individuals can help safeguard information by remaining vigilant when opening emails and carefully choosing which emails and links they open.

To view the story, click here.

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