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Why is Cyber Security such an issue for the Education sector?

The education sector faces growing cybersecurity threats, with the rise of online platforms and vast stores of sensitive data making institutions vulnerable to breaches and ransomware attacks. Unauthorised access to student records and financial information poses risks to privacy and disrupts educational activities. As technology becomes more integrated, prioritising robust cybersecurity is crucial to safeguard digital infrastructure and ensure a secure learning environment.

"62% of schools have not received any cyber security training. 17% of schools reported a cyber attack, with 48% of these being ransomware."

SWGfL, December 2021

Most Common Threats in the Education Sector

While all industries are susceptible to cyber threats, some are more prominent than others. Take a look at the most common ones facing your industry...

Phishing Attacks

What is it?

Phishing involves deceptive tactics, such as fraudulent emails or websites, aiming to trick individuals into disclosing sensitive information like login credentials.

What would the impact be?

Phishing can lead to unauthorised access to student and staff accounts, compromising sensitive data and potentially facilitating further cyber attacks.

How would we reduce this risk?

Implement regular cybersecurity awareness training to educate users on recognising and avoiding phishing attempts. Utilise email filtering systems to detect and block phishing emails before reaching users.

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Ransomware Incidents

What is it?

Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts files, demanding a ransom for their release. Educational institutions are often targeted due to the value of academic and personal data.

What would the impact be?

Ransomware can disrupt operations, lead to data loss, and incur financial losses if institutions opt to pay the ransom.

How would we reduce this risk?

Regularly back up critical data and ensure a robust data recovery plan. Keep software and systems updated to patch vulnerabilities. Conduct cybersecurity drills to prepare for potential ransomware incidents.

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Insider Threats

What is it?

Insider threats involve individuals within the institution, such as students, staff, or contractors, intentionally or unintentionally compromising security.

What would the impact be?

Insider threats can result in data breaches, unauthorised access, or the unintentional sharing of sensitive information, posing significant risks to the institution.

How would we reduce this risk?

Implement strict access controls and monitor user activities. Foster a culture of cybersecurity awareness and provide training on responsible digital behaviour. Conduct periodic security audits to identify and mitigate potential insider threats.

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How can you protect against cyber attack?

Do the Top 10 basics
  1. Ensure Secure Backups: Protect against ransomware attacks with reliable backup systems; recovery relies on a secure backup strategy.
  2. Strong Password Policies: Prevent unauthorized access through robust password practices; avoid password reuse to deter quick account takeovers.
  3. Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Boost security with multiple identification methods; MFA is a crucial defense, especially against Dark Web-sold passwords.
  4. Use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs): Safeguard remote and home connections to internal systems; VPNs prevent eavesdropping and fortify against common attacks.
  5. Enforce Encryption: Encrypt critical data on mobile devices and ensure encryption for internal and cloud storage; take a comprehensive approach to data protection.
  6. Anti-Phishing Email Controls: Strengthen defense against human vulnerabilities; shield against phishing attacks and malicious links through email content control.
  7. Prioritize Staff Training: Integrate cybersecurity awareness into onboarding and ongoing education; combat evolving threats with continuous staff training.
  8. Cloud Security Compliance: Verify that cloud services meet industry security standards; regularly review and update security settings for data storage and application services.
  9. Foster Reporting Culture: Establish a reporting culture for addressing issues promptly; create and update response plans to enhance organizational resilience.
  10. Cyber Essentials PLUS Certification: Align with government-backed Cyber Essentials PLUS for fundamental organizational security; includes proactive testing to reinforce cybersecurity measures.
Follow industry-specific advice
Training and Awareness

Prioritise ongoing training to raise awareness of common threats and promote a culture of cybersecurity vigilance.

Access Control Measures

Implement strict access controls, utilise multi-factor authentication, and regularly review user permissions.

Regular Updates

Ensure timely updates and patches for all software to address vulnerabilities, reducing the risk of exploitation.

And finally - regular penetration testing and vulnerability scanning

In the education sector, safeguarding sensitive data and maintaining seamless learning experiences is critical. Precursor Security offers specialised services in penetration testing and vulnerability scanning to fortify cybersecurity defences. Through simulated cyber attacks and comprehensive vulnerability assessments, we identify and address potential weaknesses, ensuring the integrity of student records and intellectual property. Get in touch to see how we can help you.

See what we can do to protect your organisation today.

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