Digital technology has revolutionized the operations, administration and student-facing aspects of higher education. As universities, schools and other institutions have adapted to become more agile and efficient, they have become increasingly dependent on third-party services for everything - from janitorial work, IT administration, student marketing and recruiting to alumni engagement. In doing so, they find themselves exposed to more and more attack vectors.
As a result, even some of the largest Institutions in the world have fallen victim to massive cyber breaches, including the University of Maryland and University of Michigan. While they will probably survive the reputational and financial damage they have incurred, for mid-size colleges and universities, survival is far less certain.
There is increasing pressure from regulators, auditors, parents, alumni and students for both cyber security and transparency. As they attempt to keep pace, institutions typically try to use bolt-on security measures that no longer fit – patchwork solutions that often fail to address new threats. However, the daily effort to plug leaks does not have to be so overwhelming. By automating a cyber risk team’s workload and equipping them with modern tools to manage pre- and post-breach scenarios using industry frameworks and live threat intelligence, we can strengthen a higher education institution’s risk posture, reduce tactical workload by as much as 80% and streamline reporting to senior leaders and trustees.
This white paper illustrates the clear operational advantages that such an approach can have on the daily operations of a higher education institution, using a university as an example.