Cybersecurity refers to the activities, practices and technology that keep computers, networks, programs and data secure and protected from harmful activities such as unauthorized access, modification or damage. When it comes to academic libraries, security experts can help fend off hackers. The Scholarly Kitchen brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “Guest Post – Cybersecurity and Academic Libraries: Findings from a Recent Survey.”

Cyberattacks are on the rise. Ransomware attacks on education establishments have increased. With library networks often on the front line, are librarians prepared for and protected from the threat posed by cybercrime?

Library professionals have been making great efforts to make library-related data, systems and applications as user-friendly as possible. These efforts should continue along with the efforts to make those data, systems and applications secure. At the same time, libraries must continue to keep sensitive patron data safe and protected to ensure people’s privacy and intellectual freedom. As more libraries try to collect, retain and analyze a variety of library data to improve their services and collections, this will become even more important. 

Making the content findable is important to knowledge management. Keeping content safe is important to data integrity and safety.

Melody K. Smith

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