Scholarly Networks Security Initiative (SNSI): working together to combat the threat of cybercrime
Cybercrime is a huge threat to the entire scholarly ecosystem and safeguarding data and privacy is paramount. Higher education institutions need protection from cyber-attacks. Their data and their users’ data must be protected.
Researchers need confidence that research they are using is correct, up to date and properly connected to the scientific record.
Cybersecurity isn’t just an issue for publishers. It isn’t just a challenge for librarians. It is not just an obstacle for institutions or nuisance for researchers. This is an issue for all of us, and a problem that we firmly believe can be best addressed sustainably and effectively together.
|SNSI brings together publishers and institutions to solve cyber-challenges threatening the integrity of the scientific record, scholarly systems and the safety of personal data.||Members include large and small publishers, learned societies and university presses and others involved in scholarly communications.|
Publishers and librarians have a good record of collaboration to solve real pain points experienced by researchers and students, examples of recent cooperation include:
We now need to work together to achieve our shared mission - the safety and security of personal data. Cybersecurity isn't just an issue for publishers. It isn't just a challenge for librarians. It is not just an obstacle for institutions or nuisance for researchers. This is an issue for all of us, and a problem we firmly believe can be best addressed sustainably and effectively together.
The SNSI University Relations Group has been formed to help address this. Several librarians, representatives from leading organizations and other key stakeholders have kindly agreed to provide SNSI with independent advice and feedback on our program, which will be turned into tangible actions the group takes.
Did you know?
Fake websites and login pages linked to 76 university library systems around the world were found in August 2018.
The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre lists the education sector as the 3rd largest target for cybercrime, ahead of retail.
Universities and institutions across 41 countries have had their networks and data comprised by illegal website SciHub.
The ransom a leading medical-research institution working on a cure for Covid-19 had to pay when its servers were hacked.