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How Educational Institutes can Improve on Cybersecurity?

By Education Technology Insights | Thursday, January 23, 2020

In the digital age cyberattacks are prevalent, especially in the education sector. The educational institutes must reinforce their cybersecurity.

FREMONT, CA: Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world as hackers are interested in the financial gain from data theft. Organizations and government entities have to follow guidelines to safeguard sensitive data. The education sector possesses essential data and information to protect. According to VMware, UK universities are facing an increasing number of cyberattacks. This indicates that the education sector must take measures for overall security. Educational institutes have a large number of data on student fees, which makes them a sweet target for financial gains. Further, attackers can steal sensitive data like names and addresses that they can later sell to a third party. 

The attacks are on educational institutes, having increased in number and are often successful. Educational Institutes are under attack as some of them have a lack of budget to invest in cybersecurity. Some universities have ‘Bring Your Own Device’ culture that can present difficulties in securing the more extensive network. Additionally, creating policies to use and system and sticking to them is challenging as there is a dynamic user population the larger institutions.

Cyber threats from technological devices remain a primary concern for institutes. Thus, students and staff must secure their passwords without loosely sharing information amongst peers and other staff members. One of the best practices to secure passwords is to use a mix of characters, changing the passwords frequently, never sharing the password, not re-using university provided passwords. Despite a strong school network regimen, a simple human error can cause a data breach. Thus, educational institutes must provide school network training for staff and students who regularly use technology on school grounds.  Training sessions must include the identification of identity safe and unsafe sites, spotting phishing attempts, and the use of antiviruses and malware. Training students and staff will be twice as active. In case risk develops, early detection is possible, and the damage will be less.

If an institute knows where the vulnerabilities generate from, the better they can be prepared in advance. In case a university has a cybersecurity policy in place, a formal audit can help set the policies straight. Typically, audits are performed by third-parties, and if an educational institute does not have cybersecurity in place, then an assessment of organizational policies, technological infrastructure, and user-training can provide transparency into the risks.

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