My friend Paul Mason sent me an article in late April about how cyber attacks are putting student data at risk. I read the article with interest, but couldn't help rolling my eyes throughout, as I know that what was reported in this article is only a tiny hint at the real problems in cyber security for universities. This isn't just a problem in Scotland. It's a problem for most -- for all I know, maybe all -- universities.
Let me start off by saying that leading the article with the huge volume of spam email and the potential malware in that email was a complete non-story. Your personal email has more spam than real mail. If you have decent spam filters, you are saved from most of that. If not, gods help you. I wouldn't want to see the Inbox of an unfiltered account.