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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.
Functioning as an extension of in-house IT resources, ThreatDetect™ is an award-winning MDR service supplying the capabilities needed to monitor, hunt for and remediate cyber-attacks and breaches 24/7.
Experience a real-world cyber-attack simulation to identify the weaknesses an attacker could exploit, quantify the value of data that could be exfiltrated and assess the effectiveness of security investments.
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