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2018 Best Practices for Data Loss Prevention in the Education Sector

intelligentID | January 10, 2018

The first step to preventing a data breach on a university system is to ensure that every individual passing through the system is prepared with the knowledge and technology of safe online security practices.

In the world of Google Drives, apps, and smartphone email access, U.S university students have never been more at risk for data loss. In 2017, the Digital Citizens alliance identified 14 million account credentials from student, faculty, and alumni of U.S universities for sale on the dark web, with 79 percent of these login credentials added last year alone. If the past year sounds like an information systems nightmare for those keeping up with the news, stay tuned. While 2018 presents a whole new year of cyber threats, here’s what higher ed can do to stay ahead of the game.

Know that all Devices are Vulnerable

The vulnerability of a university information system doesn’t stop at your device or email account. Cyber attacks can often stem from some of the most unsuspecting devices around a campus, such as smart thermostats, which are particularly susceptible to botnet invasions. By understanding the vulnerability of any digital device on campus, you are taking an extra step towards preventing data loss.

Beware of Anything ‘Phishy’

It may sound obvious, but one of the best practices for thwarting a phishing attempt on your university system is to screen suspicious emails from entering your inbox. Now more than ever, hackers are extending their efforts to mask phishing scams with the same language that mimics the communication style of official an university announcement. If you’re ever unsure about an email or notification from your university system, consider these tips:

 

  • Beware of generic greetings such as “Dear students…”
  • Check links to see if they match the URL in the body of the email when hovered over
  • Do not open any suspicious attachments in the email
  • Be skeptical of any threatening call to actions

 

The best way to protect your system is to rely on a professional software that both can alert you of suspicious activity and notify you of any attempts to steal your information.

Maintain Healthy Cyber Habits

The first step to preventing a data breach on a university system is to ensure that every individual passing through the system is prepared with the knowledge and technology of safe online security practices. By arming everyone in a university system with the right IT security measures and basic knowledge of how to maintain them, you are greatly reducing your risk of data loss throughout the year. If you would rather leave it to the experts, consider working with a professional team to install a trustworthy software that can monitor threats, violations to compliance systems, and interruptions to internal processes in order to ensure the online safety of your college or university system.

The Intelligent ID Solution

Intelligent ID is endpoint-based user monitoring and analytics software that secures organizations’ business assets by continuously monitoring and alerting management to suspect events taking place anywhere an endpoint may travel. This includes data loss or theft activity, compliance infractions, workplace liability issues, inefficient use of time and resources, infrastructure concerns, insecure file access, and more. For further information on how Intelligent ID can help your educational institution, visit us at www.intelligentid.com or contact us at info@intelligentid.com.

 

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