Universities and colleges collect vast quantities of confidential information, such as credit card numbers of applicants, academic transcripts, research data and health records, which they have a duty of care to protect. Organisations in the education sector face a range of challenges:
- Decentralised and fractured IT estates
- Large numbers of remote and transient users
- Conflicts between academic openness and information security
- Tight budgetary pressures and competing educational priorities
- GDPR data security and breach reporting requirements
Universities and colleges have a duty of care to protect their students and applicants and the confidential information they hold
Remote access, social media, email, and transaction management software contribute to the risk and create a challenging security environment for IT staff. Data must remain secure whilst the institution promotes academic openness and operates in a decentralized manner.
The issues include securing credit card and social security details as well as ensuring that trusted connections to, amongst others, government agencies are properly secured.
There is also a tendency for attackers to be drawn to the network speed of colleges and universities and use their systems as launch pads for attacks against other organisations.
Other issues facing universities include transient users i.e. users who connect to various networks other than the university network and whom therefore are at greater risk of carrying malware.
Limited budgets are also resulting in lower levels of security reducing the efficacy of the university’s defences.
The decentralized model of universities also leads to individual academic units acting autonomously from one another from an IT perspective. Each faculty is reluctant to submit to security policies and often leave web servers vulnerable by failing to patch and properly configure them.
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Redscan cyber security for education also helps universities comply with the wide-ranging requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation, (GDPR), enforceable from May 2018. By facilitating rapid threat detection, incident response and breach reporting, universities can avoid large GDPR fines and make significant improvements to their cyber security posture.
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