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Overview

Cyber security in Education

In today’s changing threat landscape, protecting the confidentiality of sensitive information is just as important as providing a high standard of education. Education providers that fail to implement appropriate measures risk the theft of important research and the disclosure of student personal and financial information.

In 2019, 65% of university students said that they would be less likely to apply to a university with a reputation for poor cyber security (Higher Education Policy Institute). The challenge for organisations within the education sector is to manage valuable data and resources while mitigating the current and emerging risks of cybercrime.

Challenges

Do these challenges sound familiar?

Protecting large, decentralised IT estates
Balancing information security and academic openness
Identifying and responding to breaches
Mitigating a rise in cyber-espionage and DDoS attacks
Complying with the GDPR, PCI DSS and other data security standards
Overcoming a lack of in-house security skills and resources
70%
of incidents in education in 2019 were ransomware
145m
UK universities cybercrime losses in H1 2018
€20m
maximum GDPR fine for an unreported data breach

Key questions

Key security questions you need to ask

  • How is staff and student personal data processed and protected?
  • How often are networks and applications tested for vulnerabilities?
  • Is card payment processing PCI DSS compliant?
  • What systems and controls are in place to mitigate insider threats?
  • Are suitable controls in place to prevent, detect and respond to threats?
  • How are supply chain security risks managed? 

Compliance

Cyber security compliance in Education

By helping organisations in the education sector to identify and address security exposures and proactively detect and respond to threats, Redscan’s cyber security services support compliance with the GDPR, DPA 2018, PCI DSS and other data security standards.

We’re experienced at working with universities, colleges and schools and better placed to understand the security challenges your organisation faces and how to address them.

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Our Services

Our award-winning services

Redscan’s security services are designed to provide the vital assistance needed to make tangible improvements to your organisation’s cyber security posture.

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Award-winning support to rapidly detect and respond to the latest threats 24/7

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Assessment Services

Specialist engagements to uncover and address hidden cyber security risks

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What our customers say

5/5 - based on 16 Reviews
“With so much organisational change, this is a time of incredible pressure on our small team. Partnering with Redscan is making it easier for us to address the security challenges of business consolidation.”
Head of IT Security
IPL Plastics
“If you want a solution where someone will look after you 24/7 and give you a very flexible, professional and agile service - you want Redscan.”
Lead IT Infrastructure Architect
Pizza Hut Restaurants
“The penetration testing that Redscan performed provided some very credible findings and outlined clear improvements that we were able to implement. The whole process raised the bar of our cyber security defences.”
Head of Cyber Security
Specialist Bank
“Redscan staff are always on hand to provide swift, clear advice. They help us keep a constant eye on our network and respond quickly to incidents to ensure systems remain operational.”
IT Director
King Edward VII's Hospital
“I can offer a higher level of assurance at board level about our information security now. Redscan gives us a broader lens on a complex and changing environment.”
IT Director
ICG
"Redscan's cost effective service gives us peace of mind that we are doing all we can to protect our clients, our business, our staff, our counterparties and other partners."
Head of IT Infrastructure
TT International
“Faster incident alerting enables us to better understand what is going on in our network and react more quickly. From an advice side of things, it’s great to be able to talk to knowledgeable people and discuss solutions to help mitigate our security risks.”
Head of IT Security
IPL Plastics
“With Redscan, we are able to understand and quickly identify any threats. Redscan’s support gives us the freedom to feel more secure and be more productive.”  
Head of IT
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement
“Redscan’s hands on approach identified security flaws that had previously been overlooked by other vendors.”  
Technical Operations Manager
Spread Betting Firm
“I definitely recommend ThreatDetect. It’s an incredible managed security service. By working in partnership with Redscan, we have significantly improved our operational resilience.”  
Head of Cyber Security
Specialist bank
“Thanks to Redscan we now have a solution that gives us the ability to monitor, isolate and eliminate threats across our IT infrastructure.”
Head of IT
King Edward VII's Hospital
"Should I need any security testing again in the future, Redscan would be my first port of call!"
Project Analyst/Developer
STM Life
“We have been very impressed by the quality of Redscan’s engagement, communication and reporting. We will not hesitate to use them for any future testing requirements.”      
Information Security Officer
White Oak (formerly LDF)
“The human factor is something I’m always looking for. This personal approach is something I noticed from my first engagement with Redscan and it is still true today. We have 30 locations worldwide and it is valuable to have a third party being proactive in identifying potential security issues.”
Head of IT
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement
“Services like ThreatDetect are few and far between.”
Head of IT Infrastructure
TT International
“I value the fact that Redscan aggregates insight about the cyber-attacks it sees on other customers and retrospectively applies it to other organisations, so we all benefit from that knowledge.”  
Head of Cyber Security
Specialist bank

About us

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  • A leading UK-based MDR company
  • Red and blue team CREST CSOC expertise
  • High-quality intelligence and actionable outcomes
  • Quick and hassle-free service deployment
  • An agnostic approach to technology selection
  • Avg. >9/10 customer satisfaction, 95% retention rate

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4th August 2020
Covid-19 pandemic led to an increase in cyber-attacks for most UK organisations
Recent research has identified that 92% of organisations in the UK saw an increase in cyber-attacks due to Covid-19. The three top challenges were: identifying new personal computing devices on the network, overloaded VPN capacity issues and increased security risks from video conferencing.
28th July 2020
State of security across universities FoI report
We sent FoI requests to 134 UK universities to understand how well prepared they are to protect staff, students and vital research against cyber threats. The results painted a mixed picture. Read our report here.
20th July 2020
UK is the second most targeted country for “serious” cyber-attacks
New research suggests that the UK is the second most targeted country for “serious” cyber-attacks, defined as ones which target government agencies, defence and high-tech companies.