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Dear Aston University,

1) Between September 2016 - December 2017, has your university been targeted via a cyber-attack?
A) - Yes
B) - No
2) Between September 2016 - December 2017, how many cyber-attacks has your university encountered?
A) - Under 50 attacks
B) - 50 - 100 attacks
C) - 150 - 200 attacks
D) - Greater than 200 attacks
3) Between September 2016 - December 2017, which cyber-attacks has your university encountered? (Please choose which are applicable.)
A) - Phishing attacks
B) - Spear phishing attacks
C) - Ransomware attacks
D) - SQL injection attacks
E) - Rootkit attacks
4) How many phishing attacks has your university encountered?
(Please base your answer between September 2016 - December 2017.)
A) - Under 100 attacks
B) - 100 - 200 attacks
C) - 300 - 400 attacks
D) - Greater than 400 attacks
5) From research, many universities across the country have been targeted via a number of phishing campaigns. What impact have they had on your university?
6) From research, there has been successful phishing campaigns across many universities. When considering that both students and lecturers can be victims, who has been affected the most?
A) - Students
B) - Lecturers
7) How many targeted spear phishing attacks has your university encountered?
A) - Under 25 attacks
B) - 25 - 50 attacks
C) - 50 - 75 attacks
D) - 75 - 100 attacks
E) - Greater than 100 attacks
8) What impact has spear phishing attacks had on your university?
9) How many ransomware attacks has your university encountered?
(Please base your answer between September 2016 - December 2017.)
A) - Under 25 attacks
B) - 25 - 50 attacks
C) - 50 - 75 attacks
D) - 75 - 100 attacks
E) - Over 100 attacks
10) When a Ransomware attack was triggered, how quickly was it resolved?
A) - Resolved Immediately
B) - Resolved within and under 24 hours
C) - Resolved between 1 - 2 days
D) - Resolved after 3 or more days
11) Considering that ransomware affects the availability of a system or systems,
please describe the impact that ransomware has had on your university institution.
12) How many SQL injection attacks has your university encountered?
(when contemplating the number of attacks, please include attempted attacks and
unfortunate successful attacks and Please base your answer between September 2016 - December 2017.)
A) - Under 100 attacks
B) - 100 - 200 attacks
C) - 200 - 300 attacks
D) - 300 - 400 attacks
E) - Over 400 attacks
13) What impact has SQL injection attacks had on your university?
14) How many rootkit attacks has your university encountered?
A) - Under 5 attacks
B) - 5 - 10 attacks
C) - 10 - 20 attacks
D) - Over 20 attacks
15) What impact has rootkit attacks had on your university?
16) When considering the different types of cyber-attacks, that many university institutions are targeted with, how would you class your current and existing security controls?
A) - Inadequate
B) - Good
C) - Adequate
D) - Excellent
17) Do you believe your existing and current IT infrastructure will protect you from cyber-attacks that may occur in the next 18 months?
A) - Yes
B) - No
18) Should more funding be given to IT Security to help improve and maintain the current security that is already in place within your university institution?
A) - Yes
B) - No

Yours faithfully,

Ian Tomlinson

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aston.ac.uk

 

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From: Ian Tomlinson <[FOI #794286 email]>
Sent: 22 September 2021 13:02
To: FOI Requests <[Aston University request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Recent Cyber Security Attacks

 

Dear Aston University,

 

1) Between September 2016 - December 2017, has your university been
targeted via a cyber-attack?

A) - Yes

B) - No

2) Between September 2016 - December 2017, how many cyber-attacks has your
university encountered?

A) - Under 50 attacks

B) - 50 - 100 attacks

C) - 150 - 200 attacks

D) - Greater than 200 attacks

3) Between September 2016 - December 2017, which cyber-attacks has your
university encountered? (Please choose which are applicable.)

A) - Phishing attacks

B) - Spear phishing attacks

C) - Ransomware attacks

D) - SQL injection attacks

E) - Rootkit attacks

4) How many phishing attacks has your university encountered?

(Please base your answer between September 2016 - December 2017.)

A) - Under 100 attacks

B) - 100 - 200 attacks

C) - 300 - 400 attacks

D) - Greater than 400 attacks

5) From research, many universities across the country have been targeted
via a number of phishing campaigns. What impact have they had on your
university?

6) From research, there has been successful phishing campaigns across many
universities. When considering that both students and lecturers can be
victims, who has been affected the most?

A) - Students

B) - Lecturers

7) How many targeted spear phishing attacks has your university
encountered?

A) - Under 25 attacks

B) - 25 - 50 attacks

C) - 50 - 75 attacks

D) - 75 - 100 attacks

E) - Greater than 100 attacks

8) What impact has spear phishing attacks had on your university?

9) How many ransomware attacks has your university encountered?

(Please base your answer between September 2016 - December 2017.)

A) - Under 25 attacks

B) - 25 - 50 attacks

C) - 50 - 75 attacks

D) - 75 - 100 attacks

E) - Over 100 attacks

10) When a Ransomware attack was triggered, how quickly was it resolved?

A) - Resolved Immediately

B) - Resolved within and under 24 hours

C) - Resolved between 1 - 2 days

D) - Resolved after 3 or more days

11) Considering that ransomware affects the availability of a system or
systems, please describe the impact that ransomware has had on your
university institution.

12) How many SQL injection attacks has your university encountered?

(when contemplating the number of attacks, please include attempted
attacks and unfortunate successful attacks and Please base your answer
between September 2016 - December 2017.)

A) - Under 100 attacks

B) - 100 - 200 attacks

C) - 200 - 300 attacks

D) - 300 - 400 attacks

E) - Over 400 attacks

13) What impact has SQL injection attacks had on your university?

14) How many rootkit attacks has your university encountered?

A) - Under 5 attacks

B) - 5 - 10 attacks

C) - 10 - 20 attacks

D) - Over 20 attacks

15) What impact has rootkit attacks had on your university?

16) When considering the different types of cyber-attacks, that many
university institutions are targeted with, how would you class your
current and existing security controls?

A) - Inadequate

B) - Good

C) - Adequate

D) - Excellent

17) Do you believe your existing and current IT infrastructure will
protect you from cyber-attacks that may occur in the next 18 months?

A) - Yes

B) - No

18) Should more funding be given to IT Security to help improve and
maintain the current security that is already in place within your
university institution?

A) - Yes

B) - No

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Ian Tomlinson

 

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Dear Ian

 

Please find attached our response to your request for information.

 

Kind regards.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Lote Puske

 

Lote Puske
Paralegal
Office of the General Counsel
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK
aston.ac.uk

 

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From: Ian Tomlinson <[FOI #794286 email]>
Sent: 22 September 2021 13:02
To: FOI Requests <[Aston University request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Recent Cyber Security Attacks

 

Dear Aston University,

 

1) Between September 2016 - December 2017, has your university been
targeted via a cyber-attack?

A) - Yes

B) - No

2) Between September 2016 - December 2017, how many cyber-attacks has your
university encountered?

A) - Under 50 attacks

B) - 50 - 100 attacks

C) - 150 - 200 attacks

D) - Greater than 200 attacks

3) Between September 2016 - December 2017, which cyber-attacks has your
university encountered? (Please choose which are applicable.)

A) - Phishing attacks

B) - Spear phishing attacks

C) - Ransomware attacks

D) - SQL injection attacks

E) - Rootkit attacks

4) How many phishing attacks has your university encountered?

(Please base your answer between September 2016 - December 2017.)

A) - Under 100 attacks

B) - 100 - 200 attacks

C) - 300 - 400 attacks

D) - Greater than 400 attacks

5) From research, many universities across the country have been targeted
via a number of phishing campaigns. What impact have they had on your
university?

6) From research, there has been successful phishing campaigns across many
universities. When considering that both students and lecturers can be
victims, who has been affected the most?

A) - Students

B) - Lecturers

7) How many targeted spear phishing attacks has your university
encountered?

A) - Under 25 attacks

B) - 25 - 50 attacks

C) - 50 - 75 attacks

D) - 75 - 100 attacks

E) - Greater than 100 attacks

8) What impact has spear phishing attacks had on your university?

9) How many ransomware attacks has your university encountered?

(Please base your answer between September 2016 - December 2017.)

A) - Under 25 attacks

B) - 25 - 50 attacks

C) - 50 - 75 attacks

D) - 75 - 100 attacks

E) - Over 100 attacks

10) When a Ransomware attack was triggered, how quickly was it resolved?

A) - Resolved Immediately

B) - Resolved within and under 24 hours

C) - Resolved between 1 - 2 days

D) - Resolved after 3 or more days

11) Considering that ransomware affects the availability of a system or
systems, please describe the impact that ransomware has had on your
university institution.

12) How many SQL injection attacks has your university encountered?

(when contemplating the number of attacks, please include attempted
attacks and unfortunate successful attacks and Please base your answer
between September 2016 - December 2017.)

A) - Under 100 attacks

B) - 100 - 200 attacks

C) - 200 - 300 attacks

D) - 300 - 400 attacks

E) - Over 400 attacks

13) What impact has SQL injection attacks had on your university?

14) How many rootkit attacks has your university encountered?

A) - Under 5 attacks

B) - 5 - 10 attacks

C) - 10 - 20 attacks

D) - Over 20 attacks

15) What impact has rootkit attacks had on your university?

16) When considering the different types of cyber-attacks, that many
university institutions are targeted with, how would you class your
current and existing security controls?

A) - Inadequate

B) - Good

C) - Adequate

D) - Excellent

17) Do you believe your existing and current IT infrastructure will
protect you from cyber-attacks that may occur in the next 18 months?

A) - Yes

B) - No

18) Should more funding be given to IT Security to help improve and
maintain the current security that is already in place within your
university institution?

A) - Yes

B) - No

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Ian Tomlinson

 

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