Tshwane University of Technology Data Breach: Deputy Vice-Chancellor Suspended After Massive Cybersecurity Incident

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Tshwane University of Technology Suffers Massive Data Breach After Cyber Attack

  • Deputy vice-chancellor suspended following the theft of “hundreds of thousands of data records”
  • Professor Bhekisipho Twala placed on precautionary suspension for allegedly failing to manage aftermath of cyber security breach
  • Incident took place on 17 December 2023 but was only reported to the Information Regulator on 4 January 2024
  • 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.

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