Organizations in the education sector face a series of complicated security challenges driven by their need to protect IT assets and data, while supporting networks that permit use by large numbers of individuals working across a wide range of academic and research pursuits. These institutions face unique challenges compared to corporations, government agencies and other organizations.
Included among them:
By their very nature, colleges and universities encourage the freedom of academic expression. Strict policies regarding use of the network would impasse that culture and result in student and faculty repercussion.
Each quarter, students return to campus and reconnect to the network. That means that there perpetually are first-time devices connecting to the network, in addition to devices that previously have connected, but may have contracted malware since they last were online.
Buy-in from the board for security projects traditionally is difficult at colleges and universities due to a lack of engagement and understanding of the problem. In many cases, security projects don’t get funded until there is a major incident.
Colleges and universities typically operate as a decentralized model, with individual academic units acting autonomously from one another from an IT perspective. Faculty is reluctant to submit to security policies and often leave web servers vulnerable by failing to patch and properly configure them.
With Cycops services, IT professionals in higher education need to isolate and prioritize their most critical vulnerability and access risks to more effectively address risks, ensure that defensive mechanisms are functioning properly, and prepare for mandated compliance audits.
Cycops is well positioned to help colleges and universities handle continually emerging threats like mobile and to move from a network-focused security strategy to one that is more data centric. Here are some of the ways we can help:
Helps you find, identify and prioritize threats to your organization so you can correct any deficiencies, and obtain and maintain compliance.
Restricts access to inappropriate and potentially dangerous websites and applications, enabling organizations to enforce acceptable-use policies to ensure a safe and productive environment.
Instructs your employees and contractors to understand the threat of social engineering and follow best practices for security, including password management and the safe use of web and social media tools.
Allows you to discover and classify electronic sensitive information and prevent it from leaving the network.
Ensures managed and un-managed devices connecting to the network comply with policies and do not introduce malware.
Helps you gain broad visibility of threats to your network and improve your compliance process through logging, monitoring, and analysis of events.
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