United Kingdom – UK Universities


Exploit: Password spraying.
UK Universities: Universities across the United Kingdom that agreed to participate in a Jisc initiative.

Risk to Small Business: 2 = Severe: Ethical hackers from Jisc, the company that provides internet services to UK universities and research centres, we’re able to access personal data of students and staff, financial systems, and research networks in less than 2 hours. The penetration testing was conducted in over 50 universities, with some being tested multiple times. Out of the simulated attacks, spear-phishing proved to be one of the most effective.

Individual Risk: 2.571 = Moderate: None.

Customers Impacted: N/A
How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: The academic sector is under attack by opportunistic hackers looking to sell research and student information on the Dark Web to the highest bidders. Given the sensitivity of such information, it is likely that future regulations will address such gaps and set minimum requirements for cybersecurity. Sensitive research fuels everything from military operations to economic growth, which should make educational organizations acknowledge and protect such information through data security.


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Service Starter Mid Expert Enterprise
Monitoring Yes Yes Yes Yes
Live Notifications & Reporting Yes Yes Yes Yes
Onboarding Session with our Success Team Yes Yes Yes Yes
Monitor all users (up to XX) 150+
Monitored Domain Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Domains No 1 3 5
Personal Email Addresses (Gmail / Icloud etc) No 10 30
Monitored Router IP & Device IP Breach No Yes Yes Yes
Dedicated Account Manager No No Yes Yes
Fully managed Service No No No Yes
Go Phishing No No No Yes
Staff Training No No No Yes
PCM (If paid monthly) £45 £75 £150 N/A
PCM (If paid annually 20% discount) £36 £60 £120 N/A
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Annual Saving £180 £180 £360 Call
1 Additional Domain £25 £25 £25
Add Additional 10 Personal Emails £25 £25 £25