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
Managed Detection & Response
Data Loss Prevention
Secure Web Gateway
Network Access Control
Secure Email Gateway
Web Application Firewall
Security Awareness Education
Two Factor Authentication
Locate and Protect Sensitive Data
Meet ISO & Compliance Standards