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Educational institutions have long been prime targets for cybercriminals looking to steal sensitive information. Not only do these institutions typically work with original research data, but they also possess sensitive student information. Besides, the network perimeter of educational institutions may not be as secure as other sectors like banking or finance due to limited spending on IT security.
To combat cyberattacks and ensure compliance with regulatory mandates such as FERPA and the GDPR, educational institutions can use an effective SIEM solution like Log360.
Log360 has a built-in advanced threat analytics module that can detect any blacklisted IP, URL, or domain that attempts to intrude into a network. The solution integrates with reputed threat feeds that are dynamically updated each day with this data. The moment any IP of questionable reputation is detected in your network logs, an alert will be raised.
One of the biggest risks for an educational institution is a malicious employee within the institution looking to steal data for financial gain. Any original research or patented intellectual property could be their primary target. Log360's machine-learning algorithms can preempt such attacks by detecting deviations in established patterns. For instance, if a user accesses or downloads data that they usually do not require, an alert will be raised. Any such event worth investigating will be flagged.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, is a federal law that was instituted to protect sensitive student information. Schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the US Department of Education are mandated to comply with this law. Log360 makes this simple with predefined report templates for FERPA and other similar compliance regulations. In addition, the moment a compliance violation is detected, an alert will be raised so the issue can then be investigated and rectified.
Ransomware incidents are predicted to become worse in the years to come, evolving in scale, efficacy, and impact. It is predicted that educational institutes will be more at risk compared to other organizations as they often lack adequate cybersecurity measures. Log360 helps mitigate the risk of ransomware with timely alerts when critical changes occur in your network, such as new service installations, registry key modifications, unauthorized file creations, or malicious process creations. The solution can also trigger remediation workflows to prevent the spread of ransomware.