As ransomware attacks rise, US government advice to protect K-12 schools is "vastly outdated"

A recently published report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has warned that official security guidance from the Department of Education is out-of-date, and needs to be refreshed to address the increasing reports of ransomware and other cyber threats.

Cybersecurity in Higher Education: Understanding the Threats & Adopting A Zero Trust Approach

While there’s no real way to prevent them all, understanding vulnerabilities, common types of cyberattacks and how to prevent them can help college and university leaders prioritize their security strategies to help keep institutional data and students safe.

Through edtech, society's cybersecurity ability is heading up a notch

Edtech is helping to provide children and adults all over the world with new and updated skills and knowledge. One important area it’s helping with is cybersecurity. A recent report by Forbes gave the opinion that edtech would provide the perfect backdrop for cybersecurity learning, and it's easy to see why.

What is HECVAT and Why is it Important?

Higher education has increasingly been attracting the attention of cybercriminals. In March, the FBI released an advisory in response to a barrage of ransomware attacks on schools, and Inside Higher Education recently reported that colleges and universities are becoming favorite victims of bad actors. It's not just colleges themselves that are being targeted; their vendors and third parties are being attacked in the hopes of compromising an institution’s data.

Cybersecurity Challenges Facing Higher Education

With more colleges and universities incorporating Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms to support registrars, admissions, and financial aid offices, schools are collecting more electronic student information than ever before. Combine that with weak networks and systems, however, and the state of cybersecurity in higher education earns an F. Higher education needs to focus more efforts on protecting this information from cybercriminals.

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.

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.

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.