Is your education institution at risk of a data breach or compliance violation?

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Regardless of size, education institutions are an attractive target for cyber attackers

Education Institutions Are a Growing Target

Today's reality is that education institutions are an attractive target for cyber attackers. While breaches at these organizations don’t always make national news, the attacks are growing in frequency for several reasons:

  • Incidence Response

    Less Mature Security and Compliance Programs

    Education institutions struggle to match advanced security technologies, security best practices, and staffing of commercial enterprises, often leaving more entry points exposed. Most academic institutions are required to comply with a broad range of regulations including FERPA, PCI DSS, and HIPAA to protect student, faculty, patient and donor information.

  • Complex Environments

    Complex Environments

    Educational institutions often adopt open network policies creating potential weak links and vulnerabilities exposing them to a potential loss of sensitive data, financial fraud, and regulatory violations.

  • Easy Entry

    Easy Entry

    Cybercriminals often view educational institutions as an easy entry point due to lax security controls and enforcement.

Education Institution Challenges

As an educational institution, your organization has unique needs to protect student, faculty, and donor information and other digital business assets. Data breaches in Education Institutions cost money, loss of funding and reputation damage. Education institutions need to guard against determined adversaries. Additionally, academic institutions must implement security controls as mandated by regulations including:

  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Payment Card Information Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
  • Data Breach Notification or Privacy Laws at the state level

How Cygilant Helps Education Institutions

Due to limited IT budgets, it is common for an educational institution to have a small IT team tasked with all aspects of IT operations. As a result, lean IT teams are challenged to protect their critical IT assets from cyber attacks and comply with regulations.

Cygilant’s SOCVue services offer an affordable suite of subscription-based services to deliver increased security visibility and guidance effectively reducing cyber risks and meet compliance requirements. Cygilant can help you monitor and protect your network from a costly data breach, as well as help, meet many of the privacy requirements contained in the regulations such as PCI DSS, FERPA, and HIPAA. Our team of GSOC security analysts, working as an extension of your IT team, provide 24x7x365 monitoring of your IT environment to detect, analyze and respond to suspicious activity from cyber attacks. We conduct periodic vulnerability scans and provide guidance on fixing vulnerabilities and patches based on business risk to continually reduce the attack surface, all the while providing an auditable record to help you meet regulatory requirements.

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