UGC asks institutions to create a cyber security ecosystem

UGC has asked all the institutes to create a cyber security ecosystem; however, Mumbai colleges are unaware as to what exactly constitutes cybercrime.

UGC asks institutions to create a cyber security ecosystem

All the higher educational institutes are asked by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to create a cyber security ecosystem on campuses. However, the colleges in Mumbai feel they are ill-prepared to create a cyber security ecosystem on campus. They don't exactly know what constitutes cybercrime since the line between official and unofficial communication is blurring due to the online mode of learning.

UGC is the apex body that governs all the higher educational institutes in the country, and they have asked the colleges to strengthen their cyber security system. Last year in November, it was the first time that the matter was communicated by the UGC, following which a notice consisting of guidelines was issued in this year February.

UGC has asked the colleges to prepare a calendar of events and organize campaigns, conduct workshops on cyber security, and help students deal with new-age crimes. Most colleges consider emails as an official mode to communicate with students apart from physical notices and circulars. Teachers agreed that they share important links, questions via social media.

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Last year, during the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Xavier's college in Dhobi Talao had put up ‘netiquettes’ for online education. Netiquettes comprised information on how to handle cyberattacks, what comes under misdemeanor, and the consequences of the same.

The decision to create a cyber security ecosystem on campus came after several cyberattacks were done, on educational websites. Reportedly, last year in October, due to a cyberattack on the distance education wing of the University of Mumbai (MU)'s website they had to postpone their exams.

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