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Why Students Need a Password Manager

Keeping track of your assignments in school isn’t easy, but keeping track of your passwords is even harder. Students could benefit from using a password manager because it makes it easy to create, store and secure their passwords, documents and sensitive data all in one place. Read on to learn why a password manager would be useful for students.


NIST SP 800-171 Compliance Guide for Colleges & Universities

‍ NIST Special Publication 800-171 (NIST SP 800-171 or NIST 800-171) is a set of security controls within the NIST Cybersecurity Framework that establishes baseline security standards for federal government organizations. NIST SP 800-171 is mandatory for all non-government organizations operating with federal information systems.


6 cybersecurity tips for teachers to share with their students

Much of online education directed at students focuses on internet safety and privacy – and rightfully so. But it’s important that equal attention be directed towards teaching the next generation how to keep their accounts and identities safe online.


Warning issued about Vice Society ransomware gang after attacks on schools

A ransomware gang that has been increasingly disproportionately targeting the education sector is the subject of a joint warning issued by the FBI, CISA, and MS-ISAC. The Vice Society ransomware group has been breaking into schools and colleges, exfiltrating sensitive data, and demanding ransom payments. The threat? If the extortionists aren’t paid, you may not be able to unlock your encrypted files, and the attackers may leak the information they have stolen from your servers online.


How to Perform a Cybersecurity Audit for Colleges & Universities

‍Cybersecurity audits are essential for any organization to review, analyze, and update its current IT infrastructure, information security policies (ISP), and overall cybersecurity risk management protocols. Audits are a critical part of information security and should be performed annually to ensure that new policies are implemented properly, potential vulnerabilities are identified, and the school maintains compliance with regulatory standards.


How Colleges & Universities Can Prevent Data Leaks

Data leaks occur when organizations fail to implement proper cybersecurity measures, causing sensitive data and other personally identifiable information (PII) to be exposed to the public. In most cases, data leaks occur due to internal human errors, an oversight by the IT committee, or a lack of strong security practices.


Protecting K-12 Student Data and Complying With Privacy Standards Requires a Comprehensive Security Solution

The education systems, including K-12 school institutions, are in the crosshairs of increasingly frequent and sophisticated cyberattacks. In just one month of 2021, educational organizations suffered more than 5.8 million malware incidents. Teachers, administrators and students are also targets as they use various devices such as laptops and smartphones to browse social media or send messages with friends and family.


Lowering Cyber Insurance Premiums in the Education Industry

In the past, purchasing cybersecurity insurance was considered a luxury rather than a necessity. However, as the number of cyber attacks continues to grow, many educational institutions have started to buy insurance policies to cover the damaging costs of malware and ransomware attacks. The education sector saw the most cyber attacks in 2021 and 2022 compared to every other industry, including healthcare and finance.


How Independent School Districts (ISDs) Can Prevent Data Breaches

Independent school districts (ISDs) are the perfect target for cybercriminals because their networks are typically poorly secured. Many schools have inadequate security practices due to the lack of education, training, or funding. ISDs are publicly funded primary and secondary educational institutions, including elementary, middle, and high schools.