Universities, colleges, schools and other educational institutions collect vast quantities of sensitive information such as student records, credit card details, academic transcripts and research data, which they have a legal and ethical obligation to protect.
As attacks become increasingly targeted and well-funded, many organisations within the educational services sector can struggle to adequately protect themselves.
Common cyber security challenges faced by the education sector include:
• Protecting large, decentralised and fractured IT estates
• Juggling conflicts between academic openness and information security
• Balancing tight budgetary pressures and competing educational priorities
• Mitigating a rise in cyber-espionage and DDoS attacks
• Complying with PCI DSS, the GDPR and other data security standards
• Overcoming a lack of in-house security skills and resources
Security questions organisations in the education sector should be asking:
To achieve compliance with the GDPR and DPA 2018, it is essential that all educational institutions have suitable technical and organisational measures in place to ensure that personal data is protected against unauthorised processing, accidental loss and destruction.
Another important requirement is the need to have robust procedures in place to detect and investigate personal data breaches as well as report them within 72 hours to a relevant authority and, in high-risk cases, to affected individuals.
By helping universities, colleges and schools to understand and address gaps in their cyber security as well as proactively detect and remediate threats when they occur, Redscan’s affordable managed cyber security services support swift, hassle-free compliance.
€20 million or 4% of global turnover (whichever is greater)
The maximum GDPR penalty for a cyber security breach.
Redscan has experience working with universities and colleges to help them assess cyber security risk, eliminate vulnerabilities and proactively detect and respond to the latest cyber security threats.
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Hackers have used ransomware to encrypt files at the Sir John Colfox Academy in Bridport, Dorset, causing it to lose some students’ GCSE coursework.
According to a JISC survey, phishing & social engineering, ransomware and lack of security awareness remain the top three threats to HE and FE sectors.
The number of security incidents reported by schools has risen dramatically since the GDPR. In Q2 2018, there were 511 incidents reported to the ICO.
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