The recent cyber attack on a major Australian university has University of Wollongong on guard for a similar hack.
That's why UOW is taking a proactive approach to cyber security.
A spokesperson told the Mercury UOW assumed that an attack will occur and was actively working to limit exposure and minimise any potential impacts.
"Routine activities undertaken to protect UOW include regular penetration testing, user education and multifactor authentication," the spokesperson said.
This comment comes hot on the heels of an Auditor General's report which warned universities across NSW were vulnerable to cyber attacks because of "repeated" failures to fix weaknesses in their IT systems.
Cyber incidents can involve theft of information, the denial of access to critical technology or the hijacking of systems for malicious intent, as well as blocked attacks.
The NSW Auditor-General's report raises fresh concerns about the capacity of universities to defend against cyber attacks, after revelations recently that hackers stole 19 years' worth of highly sensitive personal data from the Australian National University in Canberra.
The audit scrutinised 10 universities for the year ending December 31 2018, including UOW.
The University of Wollongong has not had any major incidents or a breach of cyber protocols.
"The Auditor General did not identify any high-risk matters, IT related or otherwise, during the audit," the spokesperson said.
"UOW has not had any major incidents or a breach of cyber protocols. Several minor incidents have been managed successfully when they occurred."
The matters raised to UOW by the Auditor-General in relation to the 2018 year-end audit related to a range of matters, including but not limited to IT controls.
"Of the eight matters that related to IT, four related to an issue previously identified by the Auditor-General," the spokesperson said.
"As part of the audit process, the university and the Auditor-General agree on an action plan and a timeframe for addressing the issue raised.
"Some of the matters have been resolved since the audit; some of the issues are complex and will take more time to resolve, and hence may span a number of years."