Jisc HE and FE #survey #points to key #organisations’ #cyber security #trends

Survey revealed at UCISA conference discusses cyber strategies, threats and readiness perceptions

A survey of cyber security strategy and readiness in higher and further education has offered clues as to how prepared organisations are to counter security threats.

The survey, carried out by Jisc, the not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions in the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’, gained 95 responses from 80 organisations. Limited details were revealed by Jisc deputy chief information security officer (CISO) Henry Hughes at last week’s Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA) conference in Bournemouth.

The survey, carried out to provide more accurate, contextual data around UK education and research, considered areas such as cyber security budgets, threats, skills and certifications.

The snapshot of survey results revealed at the conference showed that 55% of higher education organisations said they could identity someone in the organisation who had a strategic responsibility for cyber security, such as a chief information security officer (CISO) or chief information officer (CIO). Hughes described the 55% figure as positive.

The survey also asked whether organisations had dedicated cyber security posts, with 72% of higher education organisations affirming they had someone with that responsibility.

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