Data Breaches, Security Issues… Here is how Institute Management Software can handle these issues for you…

Institute Cyber Security Management

We live in an era of digital transformation; data security is of primary concern in this digital era especially for educational industry, where even a single breach of security would impact multiple stakeholders and departments.

On the other hand data security also leaves students to expose for vulnerabilities. Remember a recent incident of hackers sneaking into Zoom Conference Call, which has potentially allowed an adversary to sneak into an ongoing meeting and listen to the class?  These types of Incidents are raising alarms over the data security and encryption in the school software.

Types of Common Security threats faced by Institutes:

  • Institute  Database Intrusion:

Institute’s database usually consists of sensitive data like complete details of students along with their parents. Any unauthorized access of your data may result in irreparable damage to the organization and its reputation.

In shocking revelation from U.S. Government Accountability Office, Thousands of K-12 students from US had their personal information compromised in data breaches between 2016 and 2020.

Compromised data includes grades, bullying reports, and Social Security numbers—leaving students vulnerable to emotional, physical, and financial harm.

  • Phishing:
    Cyber criminals are using Spear phishing, a type of personalized phishing attack targeting specific organizations by sending fraudulent solicitation in email or on a website in which the hacker  pretends to be a reputable person or business.

A recent report published by popular security firm Barracuda Networks have revealed that educational institutions are more than twice as likely to be targeted by business email compromise (BEC) attacks than an average organization. In fact, more than 1 in 4 spear-phishing attacks that we have seen targeting the education sector was a carefully crafted BEC attack.

  • Ransomware:
    Attackers in this method attempt to block access to data system until a fee is paid. They may also sell the sensitive student data or leak it in public domain even if a fee is paid as ransom.

How Institute Management Software can help in ensuring Security?

  • Encrypted Storage of Data :

We are in a era of rapidly expanding student data, there is a huge rise of data breach threats as well.

Institute these days need a robust and reliable security system for ensuring the privacy and security of their pupil’s data, and their compliance with state’s regulations.

Adding data encryption from trusted sources provides an additional layer of data protection, along with the security systems they already use.

Data encryption ensures that even in the case of data going into the hands of unauthorized users, only the authorized user (with the specific key) can unlock it.

Interestingly data encryption can’t be treated a solid security measure on its own, however, it can play a critical role in the overall student & institute data security policy.

Multi-factor authentication:

Image Source: Google 2 Step Authentication

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is a modern security approach in which a user of a system is presented with multiple pieces of information for verifying his identity.

A system empowered with MFA prompts the user for extra information along with a question or an OTP, or biometric evidence along with the password. Failing to provide this information blocks the user from logging into the system.
MFA is simple to understand, and also enforcing more verification steps ensures more security for the organization’s ecosystem.

  • High secured Cloud storage:

Cloud based storage solutions from popular players like Google, Drop box allows data storage anywhere in the world. Along with accessibility & cost savings cloud based solutions also offer the benefit of secured data storage.

Organization can also integrate VPN along with cloud for ensuring better security; protocols like IKEv2 can adopt automatic encryption of outgoing data and traffic. This ensures that learning content can be transferred with a promise of integrity.

Why Edecofy?

Edecofy Institute Management System has a completely secure 128 Bit Strong Encryption. All your organization’s data is hosted securely on our Enterprise Cloud platforms. We can ensure you that all your data is 100% Safe.

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