Institute Cyber Security Management
Need for Institute Cyber Security Management
We live in an era of digital transformation; data security is of primary concern in this digital era especially for the educational industry. Even a single breach of security would impact multiple stakeholders and departments.
On the other hand data security also leaves students expose to vulnerabilities. As an illustration, a recent incident of hackers sneaking into Zoom Conference Call. The incident 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:
Important to realize that, an institute’s database usually consists of sensitive data like complete details of students along with their parents. In addition, any unauthorized access to your data may result in irreparable damage to the organization and its reputation.
In shocking revelation from U.S. Government Accountability Office, Thousands of US K-12 students 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.
Cybercriminals are using Spear phishing, a type of personalized phishing attack targeting specific organizations. In phishing, they will send fraudulent solicitations in email or on a website. Moreover, the hacker pretends to be a reputable person or business.
A recent report from Barracuda Networks has revealed that educational institutions are more than twice as likely to be targeted by business email compromise (BEC) attacks.
In fact, more than 1 in 4 spear-phishing attacks that we have seen targeting the education sector was a carefully crafted BEC attack.
According to popular malware software Malware Bytes, Ransomware is a form of malware that locks the user out of their files or their device, then demands a payment to restore access. Ransomware attackers hit businesses, organizations, and individuals alike.
Some rogue attackers, may also sell the sensitive student data, or leak it into the public domain.
How Institute Management Software can help in ensuring Security?
Encrypted Storage of Data :
In the light of rapidly growing student data, handling data breaches is a huge challenge for institutes.
Equally important, institutes these days needs a robust and reliable security system. The system is expected to ensure 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. This provides an additional layer of security, along with the security systems they already use.
On the positive side, 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 as 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 (MFA) is a modern security approach. At this instant, the approach presents the user with multiple pieces of information for verifying his identity.
A system coupled 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, Dropbox allow data storage anywhere in the world. Along with accessibility & cost savings cloud-based solutions also offer the benefit of secured data storage.
Organizations can also integrate VPN along with the cloud for ensuring better security; On the other hand, 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.
Edecofy Institute Management System has a completely secure 128 Bit Strong Encryption. By all means, your organization’s data can be hosted securely on our Enterprise Cloud platforms. We can ensure you that all your data is 100% Safe.