Education

NetSentries helps schools, colleges and universities strike the balance of providing an open and collaborative environment for students and faculty, while ensuring systems and data stays safe.

Colleges, Schools and Universities continue to be a favourite playground for cybercriminals. Networks at colleges and universities tend to incorporate cutting edge technologies and strategies, due to the age and interests of most educational users. In the first half of 2017, the education sector accounted for 13 percent of data breaches, resulting in the compromise of around 32 million records. Colleges and universities have a great deal of sensitive personal and financial information, as well as valuable proprietary research data. Many schools now conduct cyber research and can be a gold mine of information on vulnerabilities, exploits, breaches, and techniques. These institutions face unique challenges due to factors like:

Openness - Colleges and universities encourage the freedom of academic expression. Hence strict policies restricting the use of network will contradict its very culture.

Budget constraints - Investment in security projects have low priority in such institutions. It is due to the lack of engagement and understanding of the problem.

Changing end users - New and existing students and staff connect to the network, during the academic year. There are many new devices that get connected to the network, which might have been infected with malware.

Inadequate governance and risk management: Colleges and universities typically operate as a decentralized model, with individual academic units acting autonomously from one another from an IT perspective. Reluctance of faculty to submit to security policies and leaving web servers vulnerable by failing to patch and properly configure them, contributes to the risk.

NetSentries helps secure the sensitive information held by universities and colleges and help them meet compliance standards protecting students, such as ISO 27000, HIPAA, CIPA, and FERPA.

NetSentries is well equipped to assist colleges and universities, in managing the continually emerging threats and to move from a network-focused security strategy to one that is more data centric. Here are some of the ways we can help:

Risk Assessment Services

Helps you find, identify and prioritize threats to your organization so you can correct any deficiencies, and obtain and maintain compliance.

Managed Detection & Response

NetSentries provide efficient Managed Detection & Response to detect and avert all known and unknown threats. This dynamic offering powered by our prestigious ElastikTA MDR platform and 24/7 Global SOC manned by top notch security analysts ensure that our customers remain protected all the time.

Data Loss Prevention

Allows you to discover and classify electronic sensitive information and prevent it from leaving the network.

Secure Web Gateway

Enables safe and productive access to Web 2.0, while ensuring compliance, minimizing data loss and eliminating malware risks.

Network Access Control

Ensures managed and unmanaged devices connecting to the network comply with policies and do not introduce malware.

Web Filtering

Restricts access to inappropriate and potentially dangerous websites and applications, enabling organizations to enforce acceptable-use policies to ensure a safe and productive environment.

SIEM

Helps you gain broad visibility of threats to your network and improve your compliance process through logging, monitoring, and analysis of events.

Secure Email Gateway

Integrates advanced email security, inbound/outbound content analysis, compliance, encryption, data leakage prevention and powerful policy configuration into a single solution.

Web Application Firewall

Protects against external attackers using web vulnerabilities, such as SQL injection, to steal sensitive information.

Security Awareness Education

Instructs your employees, students, alumni and contractors to understand the threat of social engineering and follow best practices for security, including password management and the safe use of web and social media tools.

Two Factor Authentication

Controls access to applications that contain sensitive or private student information, or intellectual property that exists on individual department networks.

SSL Certificates

Encrypts sensitive data that you collect through your website and assures visitors, including students, faculty, alumni and benefactors, that they are accessing a trustworthy site.

Benefits

Locate and Protect Sensitive Data

Many colleges and universities are overrun by data, some of which is sensitive, and they are unsure of exactly where all of it is contained. We help you discover and classify those data sets that present the highest risk and then offer technology to safeguard it which prevents them from leaving the network and reaching the wrong people.

Enable BYOD

Among the largest threats facing colleges and universities is the fast-growing trend of bring-your-own-device. Students are connecting new devices to the network at startling rates. We provide you with the ability to identify, vet and manage these devices to ensure productivity and mitigate threats.

Meet ISO & Compliance Standards

Pressures such as FERPA and PCI DSS, and standards like ISO 27002, require organizations to have a thorough understanding of their risks and then be able to implement policies and technology to rectify any deficiencies. NetSentries solutions are created with compliance in mind, and directly can map back to all your requirements, no matter how rigid they are..