The education/research sector was the most targeted in 2021, with an average of 1,605 cyberattacks per week, up 75% from 2020 (Check Point Research). In light of these alarming statistics, it is crucial for education providers to prioritise cybersecurity. CommSec offers comprehensive cybersecurity solutions specifically tailored for education providers. With our extensive experience working with universities, colleges, and schools, we understand the unique security challenges faced by educational institutions. Our goal is to assist organisations in identifying and addressing security exposures, proactively detecting and responding to threats, and ensuring compliance with data security standards such as the GDPR, PCI DSS, Government Baseline Standards / NIS2 and more. By partnering with CommSec, education providers can confidently protect their IT estates, balance information security with academic openness, and effectively mitigate cybersecurity risks.
Main challenges for eduction providers
FRAGMENTED IT ESTATES
Education providers often possess large and decentralised IT infrastructures, which can be vulnerable to cyber threats. CommSec’s cybersecurity solutions are designed to safeguard these IT estates. We employ advanced security measures, including network segmentation, access controls, and endpoint protection, to prevent unauthorised access and potential breaches. Our proactive monitoring and threat detection services enable early identification and swift response to security incidents, ensuring the integrity and confidentiality of your systems and data.
Maintaining a balance between information security and academic openness is a crucial aspect of cybersecurity for education providers. At CommSec, we understand the importance of collaboration and information sharing within the academic community. Our cybersecurity experts work closely with your organisation to establish security policies and controls that protect sensitive data while allowing for seamless collaboration. Leveraging sophisticated technologies, we enable effective data access monitoring and control, preventing unauthorised disclosures and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations.
Identifying & responding to breaches
In the event of a security breach, swift identification and response are essential to minimise the impact. CommSec provides proactive breach detection and incident response services for education providers. Our experienced security analysts leverage cutting-edge tools and technologies to detect and analyse potential breaches, enabling prompt remediation actions. With our 24/7 incident response team, we offer guidance and support during security incidents, ensuring minimal disruption and a swift recovery.
Education providers are increasingly targeted by cyber-espionage campaigns and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. CommSec’s cybersecurity solutions include comprehensive measures to mitigate these risks. We deploy advanced threat intelligence tools to monitor and identify potential cyber-espionage activities. Additionally, our DDoS protection services safeguard your systems and applications against disruptive attacks, ensuring uninterrupted access for students, staff, and other stakeholders.
One of the primary concerns for education providers is the vast amount of sensitive information they handle, including student records, financial data, and personally identifiable information. Protecting this data from cyber threats such as hacking, data breaches, and ransomware attacks requires robust cybersecurity measures, which can be both costly and complex to implement and maintain. Additionally, the diverse range of users accessing educational platforms, including students, faculty, and staff, increases the risk of unintentional data exposure through human error or improper handling of data.
EASING PRESSURE ON IN-HOUSE TEAMS
Many education providers face challenges due to a lack of in-house security skills and resources. CommSec understands these constraints and offers tailored solutions to bridge the gap. Our team of experienced cybersecurity professionals becomes an extension of your organisation, providing expertise and support to strengthen your security posture. We offer a range of services, including security assessments, vulnerability management, managed detection and response, and security awareness training, to enhance your organisation’s security capabilities.
How Can CommSec Help?
At CommSec, we specialise in providing tailored cybersecurity solutions for education providers. Our comprehensive services include:
- Risk Assessment: We conduct in-depth assessments of your organisation’s existing security infrastructure, identify vulnerabilities, and recommend strategies to mitigate risks. Find out more
- Data Protection and Encryption: We implement robust encryption protocols to safeguard sensitive client data, both in transit and at rest, ensuring compliance with GDPR and other relevant regulations. Find out more
- Network Security: We deploy advanced firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and secure remote access solutions to protect your firm’s network against unauthorised access and cyber threats. Find out more
- Employee Training and Awareness: We provide cybersecurity training programs to educate your staff about the latest threats, best practices, and effective incident response protocols. Find out more
- Incident Response and Recovery: In the event of a cyber incident, we offer prompt incident response services to minimise damage, restore operations, and recover compromised data. Find out more
- IT Asset Management: Effective IT asset management is crucial for educational providers, as it enables them to control and secure their technological resources. Educational institutions rely on diverse IT assets, including computers, servers, and IoT devices like printers and smart TVs. Managing these assets ensures their proper maintenance, updates, and protection against security risks. Find out more
Partner with CommSec to Enhance Your Organisation’s Cybersecurity
By partnering with CommSec, education providers gain access to a team of cybersecurity experts who are dedicated to addressing their unique security challenges. Our tailored solutions, extensive experience in the education sector, and commitment to compliance and data security standards make us the ideal cybersecurity partner for education providers seeking comprehensive protection and peace of mind.
How is staff and student personal data processed and protected?
CommSec ensures the protection of staff and student personal data through rigorous security measures. We help you establish data protection policies and controls that align with best practices and regulatory requirements. Our solutions include secure data storage, encryption, access controls, and regular audits to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of personal data.
How can education providers tighten up IT security for BYOD and IOT devices like printers?
To bolster IT security for BYOD and IoT devices, like printers, education providers should implement strong encryption, multifactor authentication, and regular security audits. Keeping devices updated with the latest firmware and patches is crucial, while educating users about cybersecurity best practices fosters a culture of security awareness. Network segmentation and monitoring solutions help isolate and detect suspicious activity, ensuring a safer learning environment.
How often are networks and applications tested for vulnerabilities?
CommSec conducts regular vulnerability assessments and penetration testing to identify weaknesses in your networks and applications. Our expert team employs industry-leading tools and methodologies to perform thorough security assessments. We provide detailed reports with actionable recommendations to help you remediate vulnerabilities and enhance your overall security posture.
Is card payment processing PCI DSS compliant?
CommSec ensures that your card payment processing systems comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). We assess your systems, processes, and controls against PCI DSS requirements, helping you establish the necessary safeguards to protect cardholder data and maintain compliance.
What systems and controls are in place to mitigate insider threats?
CommSec implements robust systems and controls to mitigate insider threats within education providers. We assist in establishing privileged access management, user behavior monitoring, and data loss prevention measures. These security controls help identify and respond to potential insider threats, ensuring the integrity and confidentiality of sensitive information.
Are suitable controls in place to prevent, detect, and respond to threats?
CommSec helps education providers establish suitable controls to prevent, detect, and respond to threats effectively. Our comprehensive cybersecurity solutions encompass proactive threat intelligence, network monitoring, and incident response services. We work collaboratively with your organisation to ensure that the right controls are in place to protect your IT infrastructure and promptly address any security incidents that arise.
How are supply chain security risks managed?
CommSec understands the importance of managing supply chain security risks within the education sector. We help organisations establish robust supply chain security frameworks, conduct risk assessments, and implement controls to mitigate vulnerabilities. By addressing supply chain risks, education providers can ensure the security and integrity of their systems, data, and operations.
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