The importance of Internet has come a long way and has been constantly growing in its approach to the end users. Today, the world is inevitably connected to the internet for online networking and operations. Rajesh Babu, CEO and Founder, Mirox Technology shares with Elets New Network (ENN) about the growing usage of Internet and threats observed that pose a severe threat on the education sector.
What is the scope of providing security solutions in education sector?
In future the education industry is one of the largest users of Internet and Advance Wi-Fi mobility communications. This will give birth to the great demand in high speed connectivity and security tools. With wireless connectivity on campuses there is an increase in threats, particularly educational institutions who want to ensure full proof defence against any attacks. New technologies in mitigating such attack by implementing advanced security system such as Next Generation UTM, IDS, APT, SIEM, Device and Applications Control have wide scope in education sector. There is an ample opportunities in providing security solutions. Nurseries, kindergartens, schools, universities, technical colleges, further education institutes and research establishments- no matter how large educational facility but still there is more chances of unexpected and expected threat.
What are the threats and security issues in education institutions?
Education sector has long struggled to find a balance between academic freedom, supporting local communities and cyber security. Cyber security challenges in educational sphere is more. The educational institutions play a great role in their communities, and in cyberspace. Nowadays, most of the educational institutions face common information security issues- insufficient funds, mobile devices, lack of security risks awareness. These common challenges make easy for hackers to target institutions. More and more users are online using unprotected and vulnerable devices. They don’t understand threats and their impact consequence. But technically malicious software (malware), phishing, unwanted downloads, infrastructure attacks, social network targeting, and peer-to-peer (P2P) information leakage are daily potential threats.
Most universities’ systems are accessible through a campus network. Similarly, student records, many employment-related records, library use records, management-client communications, and certain research and other intellectual property-related records are housed on campus servers. As such, they are vulnerable to security breaches that may compromise confidential information and expose the university extremely sensitive research information.
Multiple personas and legacy access: Faculty, students and staff require access to different administrative systems, many of which contain sensitive information such as two students records, performance evaluations or donor data. As the personas shift, outdated and inappropriate legacy access pose security risks when not removed. A student who spent a semester through a work-study programme with the registrar’s office should not retain access that was provisioned for that role if she is placed in the Development Office the next semester. Institutions can leverage their identity management systems to better track who has access to what and ensuring that this risk is mitigated by deprovisioning access in a timely manner.
Rogue data in the cloud: Institutions have already signaled to their users that cloud-based data is ok. However, users don’t understand the contractual protections provided for these services, or the absence of these protections when they adopt free or low-cost solutions simply by signing up and storing institutional data in the cloud. This cybersecurity threat must be addressed on two fronts: educating and training end-users on the security issues and working with procurement and finance to flag these kinds of purchases for review.
Opening doors to the community: Many institutions of higher education view themselves not just as resources for their students, faculty and staff, but also to their local communities. The range of services provided to the wider community include programming, use of libraries and access to free Wi-Fi The dangers for a university or college network can lurk everywhere from e-mail to the Internet infrastructure itself.
Keeping track of the cyber security threats in higher education is not an easy task, but is imperative to protect the integrity of institutional assets, the network and infrastructure.
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Educational institutions of all sizes are contending with a growing list of cyber security challenges. They are not only responsible for protecting the personal information of students and faculty, but research three institutions like medical, technology – are encountering sophisticated cyber espionage campaigns from overseas governments and corporations.
Nowadays, most of the educational institutions face common information security issues- insufficient funds, mobile devices, lack of security risks awareness. These common challenges make easy for hackers to target institutions.
Moreover, cyber security professionals with school districts, colleges and universities are contending with vanishing budgets, an explosion of mobile devices, reckless users, infected machines, unpatched software and more. The challenge to provide students with the access to the latest technology, while keeping networks secure is an everyday reality. From end point protection to cutting-edge defenses against today’s most sophisticated malware – like APTs, targeted attacks and Zero-days – Mirox has the next generation customised campus comprehensive security solutions such as IDS/IPS, Encryption, DLP, Risk and Compliance Management, IDS/IPS, UTM, Firewall, APT, Antivirus/Antimalware, SVM/SIEM, Disaster Recovery, DDoS Mitigation, Web Filtering, Security Services to secure campuses – from small center to the largest universities