INTEGR8 2024 Playbook - Cybersecurity Recommendations for Academia

Automation Alley
May 15, 2024
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How do we create the cybersecurity professionals of the future and keep student data safe in an interconnected world? Explore this conversation with our Cybersecurity Recommendations for Academia as featured in our latest Integr8 Playbook.

As educational institutions increasingly rely on digital technologies for teaching, learning, and administrative purposes, cybersecurity has become a paramount concern. Not only must academic institutions prioritize safeguarding their own digital assets, but they also play a crucial role in preparing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Here are three key recommendations for academia to ensure both their own protection against cyberthreats and the development of skilled cybersecurity professionals: 

Implement Robust Cybersecurity Measures 

Colleges and universities are just as likely to be victimized by cyberattacks as other institutions. According to a report from Sophos that surveyed 400 schools from around the world, 80% of lower education institutions and 79% of higher education institutions were hit with at least one ransomware attack in the first quarter of 2023, up from 56% and 64%, respectively, from 2022. 

Educational institutions should establish and maintain robust cybersecurity measures to safeguard their networks, systems, and sensitive data. This includes deploying firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and antivirus software, as well as implementing strong access controls and encryption protocols. Regular security audits and vulnerability assessments can help identify and address potential weaknesses in the IT infrastructure. Additionally, investing in employee training and awareness programs can empower staff to recognize and respond effectively to cybersecurity threats such as phishing attacks and malware infections. Additionally, difficulties arise as students participate in more remote learning opportunities. Academia can help by hosting cybersecurity classes for students and their parents or guardians that teach safety precautions.

Read these recommendations in full in our Integr8 Playbook, "Creating a Secure Future: Navigating Cybersecurity Resilience," here.

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