UNB is a target

UNB deals with more than 80 attempts a second to break into our network from attackers around the world. Each week there are hundreds of thousands of attempts to find and exploit any vulnerablities in our systems. We recieve tens of thousands of pieces of malicious software via e-mail or via infected website every week. Countless e-mails are sent to students, faculty and staff in an attempt to steal valuable login information to our system or to banking, iTunes or other online accounts. 

Why univesities are at risk

Universities across North America face a deluge of cyber security threats for a number of reasons, including:

  • Theft of student, faculty, staff and alumni data. Personal records for individuals can be sold on the data black market so that other criminals can use it to commit identity theft and open fraudelent credit account or commit other crimes.
  • Theft of valuable intellectual property. Governments and other organizations around the world are engaged in the theft of potentially valuable intellectual property such as patentable technology or processes.
  • Theft of third-party confidential data entrusted to UNB by other organizations for research purposes. Universities are often targeted as it is easier to gain access to some information in this manner as opposed to trying to attack government or private corporations directly
  • Abuse of our infrastructure. University systems and networks are often used to launch attacks on other organizations or governments. 

The threats we face

  1. Phishing and social engineering. Phishing and social engineering attacks are designed to steal key account information from students, faculty and staff. This information can then be used to commit further financial fraud, to attempt to steal personal or organizational data or sold on the data black market. 
  2. Malware. Modern malware is designed to gain access to devices to steal personal information, ransom data or perpetrate SPAM and click fraud. Modern malware can be sent via e-mail, can be downloaded from the web as it can look like legitimate software or by browsing infected websites.
  3. Hacking. Criminals and others from around the world are always looking to gain access to critical UNB systems either to advance particular political agendas, to cause fear, to steal data or to use our infrastructure to attack others. 

Education is our first line of defence

As a university, we know the power education can have to improve situations and change outcomes. That's why Information Technology Services has launched a year-long effort to provide information, training and resources to students, faculty and staff at all of our campuses. By providing this knowledge, we're helping you and other UNB community members arm yourself and in doing so, protect you and UNB from malicious individuals, groups and online threats. 

What can you do?

  1. Stay informed of the latest security news and alerts by visiting this site frequently
  2. Take the free, one-hour UNB IT Security Awareness Course on Desire2Learn
  3. Report phishing attempts to itservicedesk@unb.ca 
  4. Always keep your devices updated or patched and always run Anti-Virus or Anti-Malware software on your devices (particularly Windows PCs, Mac OS X computers and Android Devices)