Tshwane University of Technology Suffers Massive Data Breach After Cyber Attack
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Suspended
The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has suspended one of its deputy vice-chancellors, Professor Bhekisipho Twala, after “hundreds of thousands of data records” were accessed and stolen during a cyber security breach. Twala, who was responsible for the digital transformation portfolio, was placed on precautionary suspension on 26 January, following allegations of failing to effectively deal with the aftermath of the cyber attack.
Delayed Reporting to Information Regulator
The cyber security breach took place on 17 December 2023, however, it was only reported to the Information Regulator (SA) body on 4 January 2024. This delayed reporting has raised concerns about the university’s handling of the situation and its commitment to safeguarding sensitive data.
Impact on Tshwane University of Technology
The massive data breach has raised serious questions about the security measures in place at Tshwane University of Technology and the potential impact on the privacy of students and staff members. It also highlights the growing threat of cyber attacks on educational institutions and the need for robust security protocols to protect sensitive information.