Colleges and Universities are prime targets for hackers and cybercriminals because these institutions offer a target-rich environment that contains everything from financial, medical and personal data profiles, to government and commercial research. This information is a valuable resale commodity on the dark web. In fact, in February of this year, the University of Central Florida announced that it discovered unauthorized access into its network, and that 63,000 social security numbers were compromised. [i]
Why are Colleges and Universities at Higher Risk
Colleges and Universities are appealing to hackers. Complete medical profiles, social security numbers, credit card information and much more are all part of the information packages students complete when they enroll or register for classes. These institutions offer hackers:
Add together the complexity and distributed ownership of network in these institutions, with the sensitive nature of information available, and it becomes clear why institutions are a prime target for cyberattacks.
Providing a secure network environment with such a high number of access points and an extremely busy network is a huge challenge. With thousands of security alerts per day, overwhelming network traffic, and scarce IT resources, colleges and universities can reap significant benefits from implementing security automation.
Solving the Campus Security Challenge
The good news is that the team at Bradford Networks has a long history of working with universities and colleges. We understand the unique challenges that are inherent to campus networks and have successfully implemented Network Sentry in numerous colleges and universities. Network Sentry offers the most comprehensive endpoint visibility, role-based dynamic network access control and automated threat response to address today’s cyberthreats.
Secure network access and device activity tracking is especially important for colleges and universities, since these institutions need to streamline guest management and quickly add new students to the network each quarter or semester. Network Sentry covers the following three stages of network security oversight:
Through its SmartEdge Platform, Network Sentry integrates with leading networking, security and directory solutions to enhance endpoint and network visibility, provide dynamic network access control and automate threat response to ensure fast, effective containment.
For more information on how we have helped other universities upgrade and streamline their network security, please read a case study on how we helped Western Michigan University tighten their security; contact us at 1 (866) 990-3799; or email us [email protected].
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