Cyber Threat Assessment 2020-2021 provides insight into the resilience of institutions

The Cyber Threat Assessment 2020-2021 shows that Dutch education and research institutions have invested extra in cyber security in the past year. The incident at Maastricht University at the end of 2019 and the covid-19 pandemic in 2020 were the main reasons for this. Nevertheless, institutions are still susceptible to many cyber threats. 

The Cyber Threat Assessment shows, among other things, that education and research have become vulnerable due to dependence on a small number of large US cloud providers. That dependence is the result of online education and working from home because of the corona crisis. 

Greater focus on knowledge security

The report also shows that institutions are paying increasing attention to knowledge security because of changing international relations. Institutions are particularly at risk of data falling into the wrong hands and being made public. There are strong indications that state actors are increasingly penetrating institutions. 

More cooperation is and remains the message

Cooperation between institutions and between sectors remains of great importance if the knowledge and data of institutions are to be properly secured. This was also the message from Maastricht University during a symposium they organised on the ransomware attack that hit them at the end of 2019. From the outset, Maastricht University shared all its knowledge and experience, which benefited other institutions and thus the sector as a whole. Maastricht University won the SURF Security and Privacy Award 2021 for this.