Rutgers to spend several million dollars to strengthen cybersecurity

Rutgers hired three cybersecurity firms and plans to spend millions to protect its computer networks
Rutgers hired three cybersecurity firms and plans to spend millions to protect its computer networks

Rutgers University has hired three cybersecurity firms to firm up the school's cyber defenses after a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in the 2014/2015 school year.

The university hired Fishnet Security, Level 3 Communications and Imperva to analyze security, monitor servers, prevent attacks, scan for malware and provide other classified services. The school expected to spend between $2 million and $3 million this year on those firms and other undisclosed expenses. Additional security contributed to a tuition increase for the 2015/2016 school year and will likely become a permanent expense, NJ.com reported. 

“We are increasing the resources dedicated to protecting and improving the security of university data and electronic environments,” a Rutgers spokesperson told SCMagazine.com in an email correspondence.

Earlier this year Rutgers asked the FBI to investigate cyberattacks that shut down internet and forced teachers to cancel classes. 


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