Educational institutions have seen an increase in threats, including data breaches, malware, phishing attacks, and network hacks. Here are four ways that can protect these organizations from such attacks.
FREMONT, CA: On the list of sectors most vulnerable to the attention of cybercriminals, education comes on top. With the increasing variety and strength of cyber attacks, most schools will face incursions. To save the institutions from such attacks, all the school administrators should take emphasis on privacy and security more.
Here are some critical strategies for being proactive against hackers:
Educate staff thoroughly and frequently
Several schools still depend on an annual cybersecurity seminar or focus on too narrowly on a specific issue. Education programs need to be broader and be continuously held throughout the year. Some companies periodically send phishing tests to staff, and those who click links in those emails are given remedial lessons.
Filter incoming information
Teachers and administrators can filter incoming information before accepting it. There are some website filters which can decrease the possibility of criminals accessing schools’ networks. Some institutions have employed geo-fencing for their school email systems, subjecting any emails coming from outside the United States to manual approval.
Develop a comprehensive disaster plan
Every institution should develop a comprehensive disaster plan which will help them in case of any trouble. School leaders should make a plan for each system that includes data backups, how to shut down an affected system and disengage it from the network, and a recovery plan. Educational institutions should have a rapid response to any cyber-attacks and know what to do for a quick recovery. In addition, many districts have started purchasing cybersecurity insurance.
Know the life of your data
Organizations must know where their primary backup data is stored, whether on-site or in the cloud. Schools should also classify their data as public, internal-use only, etc. so they know who can view it, and modify it. The administrators should know who has access to data on-site and at a vendor and how the vendors are treating the data.