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Interview: How the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) prevented a ransomware attack

In May 2019, the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) was able to prevent a ransomware attack just in time. For the Cyber Security Month 2020 initiative, GÉANT contacted Marius Mertens, CISO of UDE, to learn how the university managed to prevent such attack and talk about the main challenges in the area of cyber security. Marius, what are the crown jewels of UDE? The answer depends on the person who’s asked to answer this question. Our IT infrastructure is highly decentralised and our...

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Phishing: you win again

By Martin Waleczek, DFN-CERT Having an online existence has never been more rewarding. Almost daily someone wins the million dollar jackpot of a lottery and wants to share it with you, you get links to the best prices at the local pharmacy or online stock exchange and your IT department or bank kindly reminds you to change your expired password by clicking on a complicated link (again), that has been shortened for your convenience. Everyone wants to help you. But do they really? Phishing is the...

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