Cybersecurity in Education
Are you implementing the right measures to keep research, private data, financial information, and student details secure?
From the potential financial gain of accessing student fees, the data theft of private information of employees, to accessing restricted research and risking national security, the education sector has a lot to lose in the event of an attack. With threats growing against the industry daily, investing in cyber security measures to identify vulnerabilities, harden protection, and safeguard digital assets has never been more crucial.
A Reactive Risk Strategy
Institutions simply cannot keep pace with the volume, velocity, and sophistication of advanced threats today. Traditional cyber security approaches are ineffective in detecting, responding to, and preventing threats. This exposes critical institutional data and systems to data loss and operational disruption and outages.
A Growing Attack Surface
The number of network-connected devices has increased exponentially in recent years, and many of those devices are not owned by the institution. One study finds that students bring an average of eight or nine devices to campus. All these trends contribute to a greatly expanded attack surface that requires a strategic, coordinated approach to security.
Thwarting Insider Threats
In a world where trust is no longer a static concept, even internal traffic between departments, faculty, staff, and students can lead to intrusions—whether by trusted individuals or by hackers impersonating them. Institutions struggle to find new ways to intelligently segment the network and to verify the trust of each user and device that seeks access.
Rationalizing IT Operations
A rapidly expanding attack surface has prompted many institutions to purchase point products to cover specific needs. They also tend to rely on the built-in security tools for each public cloud they utilize. Regardless of the adequacy of the individual tools, their lack of integration with each other results in a heavily siloed security architecture. This creates immense operational inefficiencies as highly paid cybersecurity staff spend valuable time correlating log information and creating manual reports. These manual processes also hamper threat detection and response in today’s fast-moving threat environment.
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