Exploring Cybersecurity Implications in Higher Education





Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity awareness, Higher education institutions (HEIs), Digital age, Online learning


With the rapid technological evolution and widespread integration of digital transformation in higher education institutions (HEIs), the educational landscape has undergone a shift in teaching methodologies and how content is delivered. The digitization of higher education has ushered in numerous benefits, enhancing accessibility, collaboration, and efficiency. However, this era of digitization of higher education also brings forth a plethora of cyber challenges. The objective of this paper is to comprehensively explore the cybersecurity landscape in the digital age, providing a critical analysis of prevailing cyber threats, emerging trends, and potential impacts on HEIs. Therefore, this study conducted a systematic literature review (SLR) using the PRISMA framework to assess the current cyber threats faced by higher education institutions. The findings of the study reflect on the challenges faced by higher education institutions in this digital age and present opportunities in strategies that may be adopted to protect HEI’s systems from cyber threats.

Author Biography

Nokuthaba Siphambili, CSIR

Nokuthaba Siphambili is a cybersecurity researcher and a master's student at the University of Pretoria. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of cybersecurity, governance, privacy, and trust.