With college education a highly sought after achievement for the majority of today’s society, more and more sensitive data is being collected and stored. This has significantly increased the risks colleges and universities face from would-be hackers and made cyber security incident response a top priority. Let’s take a look at how many higher education institutions are getting it right and keeping themselves and their students safe.
A Phisher’s Dream
There’s a reason many cyber-attacks on colleges come via phishing scams, and it’s largely due to the relative naivety of young students. Savvy hackers have created impressive replicas of university logos and used convincing content to coax victims into sharing their sensitive data. Beyond this, however, security threats against higher education providers are on the rise, and their nature is becoming much more sophisticated.
Recognizing the Threat
The best way to develop an effective cyber security incident response plan is to first recognize that the threats are real and that they’re becoming more complex by the minute. As with anything else, the best defense is a good offense. Understanding what the risks are is the initial step and a good foundation for developing a robust strategy of protection.
Embracing and Implementing the Right Tools
Once a school has established cyber security incident response as a priority and identified areas of risk and vulnerability, the next step is leveraging the right tools and technologies. IT Process Automation is a fundamental part of this step, as it can effectively bridge existing systems and create an added level of protection against breaches. In fact, with the right tool in place, potential hacks can be identified and addressed before they become a serious concern, thus allowing institutions to take a proactive approach rather than a reactive one.
A United Front
In addition to each school arming itself against attacks, many higher education institutions are recognizing the importance of and embracing information and knowledge sharing amongst one another. Coming together to understand the universal threat can facilitate the sharing of best practices which will, in turn, keep those willing to share openly even more secure over the long haul. Furthermore, as cyber-attacks evolve and become more complex, standing together as a united front will become essential.
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