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Cyber Security in Education

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

Key security questions for education providers

Security questions organisations in the education sector should be asking:

  • How often are networks and applications tested for vulnerabilities?
  • Are suitable controls in place to prevent sophisticated threats?
  • Are systems able to identify threats that bypass the perimeter?
  • Is there a plan in place to detect, remediate and report breaches?
  • How regularly are systems backed up to mitigate ransomware?
  • How is staff and student personal data processed and protected?
  • What systems and controls are in place to mitigate insider threats?
  • Is card payment processing PCI DSS compliant?

Cyber security compliance in Education

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.

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