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Good research requires responsible data management.
DataHub offers the tools and services to help you with this.
Cyber attack update: DataHub infrastructure operational
We are happy to announce that the DataHub infrastructure is back in business. You can use our infrastructure as you were used to before the cyber attack. Since the attack, our staff have been working hard to reactivate all systems and we are pleased to announce that our services now are back online. While we were unavailable, we have also worked on new features that improve our backend functionality.
The DataHub infrastructure has been improved and we have taken measurements to reduce vulnerability.
- Measures regarding federated admin access on DataHub systems were already in place, but have been improved.
- Firewalls, local as well as central, have been configured more strictly and now also serve as a second line of defense.
- We continue to apply security updates frequently.
- A central monitoring and an alerting system for detecting suspicious activity are in place. Improvements can and will be made.
- DataHub has central configuration management of servers in place.
- Offline backups are available. Improvements can and will be made.
One of the ‘lessons learnt’ is that Maastricht University wants to focus more on awareness campaigns in order to reduce the number of successful malicious attempts. At DataHub, the security awareness level for phishing and password management is reasonably okay. However, the human factor is never safe and can always be improved, so we support the idea of a broad cyber security awareness campaign.
If you encounter any problems while using the DataHub services or if you have any questions about our services, please send an email.
Cyber attack update
On 23 December 2019, Maastricht University has been hit by a serious ransomware cyber attack. Fortunately, DataHub was not significantly affected by the attack. All research data are safe and there are no indicators of compromise. Since the attack, our staff have been working hard to reactivate all systems and we do our utmost best to get our services back online.
In the first week of January, we have assessed the state of all our DataHub servers to confirm the safe state. The DataHub servers that were affected by the ransomware are involved in workflow control and data transfer. The servers did not contain any crucial data. We are currently re-enabling our systems, however, in recovery, we depend on the availability of the corporate network and firewall configurations. The university effectuated a stricter policy regarding server requirements and reconfiguring systems to meet those requirements takes time. At the same time, we are improving the DataHub infrastructure and taking measurements to reduce vulnerability.
One of the ‘lessons learnt’ is that Maastricht University wants to focus more on awareness campaigns in order to reduce the number of successful malicious attempts. The security awareness level at DataHub for phishing and password management is reasonably okay. Still, DataHub supports the idea of a broad cyber security awareness campaign.
Measures were already in place regarding federated admin access on DataHub systems, but are now hardened to make lateral network jumps via compromised servers and accounts across DataHub systems less likely. Firewalls, local as well as central, have been configured more strictly and now also serve as a second line of defense. We continue to apply security updates frequently. A central monitoring and an alerting system for detecting suspicious activity are in place. Improvements can and will be made.
DataHub has central configuration management of servers in place.
Offline backups are available.
We will inform you as soon as there are any new developments. We estimate to be back in business very soon. Updates will be given on the DataHub portal. For questions about DataHub services, please send an email.
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