Education

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What educational institutions need to do to protect themselves from cyber threats

Educational institutions are reaping the many benefits and new possibilities offered by online learning, but these new methods of educational instruction come with serious cyber security concerns. These institutions are also a prime focus for hackers because they often host a lot of sensitive data about teachers and students. Furthermore, schools and universities are an easy target because not every teacher or professor is technologically savvy.

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Cyber security in universities: Threats, threat actors and defence

This blog post aims to provide an overview of the state of cyber security in universities and other higher education organisations. Security has been a challenge for a long time at schools, colleges and universities. Aligning ourselves with the glass-half-full attitude, these organisations and institutions have shown good progress with basic security controls. Information security is a prerequisite for various business dealings in the public sector, grant funding and procurement processes.

Insider Threat Management for an Educational Organization

See why the education organization PECB says Ekran System is the best choice for insider threat management. Robust insider threat management from Ekran System helped an international certification body effectively secure their internal system against security threats and maintain compliance with international information security regulations.
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Could Universities' Use of Surveillance Software Be Putting Students at Risk?

Life for university students has changed massively during the coronavirus pandemic, as it has for all of us. While some in-person lectures and seminars are still taking place, there has been a big shift to remote learning. This has, perhaps understandably, led to concerns about how well students are engaging with this way of studying. Many universities have sought to address this by turning to remote monitoring tools to track students’ online activities.

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5 questions every higher-ed security leader should ask

In the day and age of COVID-19 we have witnessed a transformation of the way we work. If I were asked before March of 2020 how long it would take to make the progress in digital and security transformation that we as a society have made in the last 9 months, I would have guessed at least 5 years. The rate of adoption in the face of the pandemic has been unprecedented. Nowhere have the changes required to make remote working come on faster than with education.

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Successful Ransomware Attacks on Education Sector Grew 388% in Q3 2020

The number of successful ransomware attacks on the education sector increased 388% in the third quarter of 2020. According to Emsisoft, the education sector reported 31 ransomware incidents in Q3 2020. That’s a 388% increase over the 8 incidents that occurred in the previous quarter. Nine of the 31 ransomware attacks disclosed in the third quarter of the year involved data exfiltration, a tactic which has become common with ransomware gangs over the past year.

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Cybersecurity Compliance in the Education Industry: How to Protect Students' Personal Data

Educational institutions handle tremendous amounts of data and have access to personal, financial, and healthcare information of both students and staff. However, this exposes them to cybersecurity risks. In 2019, the US was hit by multiple ransomware attacks that impacted 89 universities, colleges, and school districts — up to 1,233 institutions were potentially affected.

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Making Security Proactive at Fitchburg State University

From time-to-time on this blog we like to take a moment to connect with those folks on the front lines of the cybersecurity battle, to give you a direct look into the issues they’re facing every day. Today, we sat down (virtually) with Sherry Horeanopoulos, the Information Security Officer at Fitchburg State University.

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Everything you need to know about DPO for schools

As legislation goes, the GDPR could be unique in its insistence that a new professional role, the Data Protection Officer (DPO), be created to ensure its mandates are properly met. But getting a DPO in place is no simple recruitment exercise, and that’s especially true for schools. For starters, people with the requisite mix of abilities and experience to do the job in educational environments are hard to find.