Education

Education is under increasing cyber attack.

Cytellix is sending threats back to school.

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According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, hackers are targeting universities and colleges at an alarming rate. These institutions are especially vulnerable to cyber attack due to their complex networks, tens of thousands of registered IPs and limited or non-existent real-time visibility of connected devices.

 

Background

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse reports the education sector now accounts for 17% of all reported data breaches, ranking second only to the medical industry. Last fall, NBC revealed that 550 universities experienced some kind of data breach between 2013 and 2015 — five of them greater than the infamous Sony hack.

Since then, the number of universities breached include dozens of reputable institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Penn State, Auburn and Michigan State. In addition to student information, hackers are also searching for lucrative data, such as employee banking and financial information, retirement account numbers and, in some cases, student and employee health information.

Challenge

While student data is protected by federal statute, many institutions are failing to follow even basic U.S. government cybersecurity standards when it comes to protecting student information. At even greater risk are universities operating police, fire, medical or hospital systems, which are subject to strict, often complex, regulatory compliance.

Cytellix believes the education sector has been critically underserved when it comes to effective cybersecurity. That’s why we’re pleased to offer universities and colleges the same Cytellix solution that monitors the network perimeter of the U.S. Department of Defense — as a managed service subscription that’s affordable to all.

Solution

Cytellix has developed the only solution in the industry that can assess, identify and detect known and “unknown” threats in any enterprise environment, while providing complete network visibility.

Our leading-edge scanning technology continuously monitors network connections and activity in real time, serving as the first line of defense in identifying and addressing potential threats, while ensuring continuity through any changes.

When a threat is detected, we can immediately evaluate and identify any network leaks or “unknown” assets and their posture, along with prevention recommendations and optional remediation services. Among the common threats identified are data leaks, segmentation, rogue connections, bad actor site connections and high-risk open ports.

For true visibility, our solution deploys a cloud-based, agent-less sensor that determines and monitors the total state of a network, including individual connected devices as well as the effective topology of the network itself. These subsystems create a sensor network that collectively reveals nominal and nefarious behavior throughout, ensuring real-time awareness and instant notification of suspect activity.

Advantages

By combining proactive situational awareness with total visibility of complex networks, Cytellix safeguards the entire institution — and its web of connected devices — while maintaining compliance with a range of regulatory requirements, including PCI DSS, HIPAA, NIST and FERPA. Other key advantages include:

  • Complete, organization-wide view of all network and security activity in real time
  • Insight into abnormal activities and devices on the network via cyber analytics
  • Stronger security and compliance via a complete, centralized network asset inventory
  • Streamlined compliance and reporting through automated audit processes
  • Accurate and simplified reports with no burden on network or security teams

Supporting this is an industry-leading core methodology that includes:

CYTELLIX SERVICES

  • Governance
  • Information Assurance
  • Operational Security
  • Cybersecurity Managed Services (SAAS)

CYTELLIX SOLUTIONS

  • Network Situational Awareness
  • Complete Enterprise Visibility
  • Continuous Monitoring
  • Cyber Analytics
  • Scaling and Integration
 
 

Action

More universities and colleges are taking cybersecurity seriously by turning to Cytellix for greater innovation, protection and partnership. To explore how we can assist your institution, and to schedule a no-cost assessment of your current cybersecurity posture, contact us.

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