Security Awareness: Keep Your Faculty & Staff Educated​

Educational institutions are increasingly becoming a target for cybercriminals, and that means the pressure is on for employees to understand the sensitive information they handle and how to keep that information safe and secure.​

Change risky employee behavior that can put student data in danger​

Employees at educational institutions of all sizes best serve their student populations when they stay informed of both federal regulations addressing student data privacy and the dangers to this data posed by ransomware, phishing, and other exploits. ​

Student data = target for cybercriminals​

 

Schools and universities are treasure troves of sensitive information of all kinds. From transcripts and addresses to financial information and tax filings, all of this data is vital to the educational wellbeing of every student and is highly sought after by cybercriminals. Some reports indicate as many as 1 in 10 educational organizations have fallen victim to ransomware locking down access to data and servers.

Though cybercrime may grab more headlines, simple mistakes made by faculty and staff inside a school or university cannot be overlooked. The authors of the 2018 Verizon Enterprises Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) cited human error as a significant cause of education sector breaches, enough to call out security awareness training as a must for places of learning. After all, education should not just be limited to students.

Are your faculty and staff prepared to keep student data protected?​

 

The safekeeping and privacy of student data is mandated by the U.S. federal regulation known as the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If this data is abused, released, or compromised, the educational institution in question could face loss of federal funding and fines, not to mention civil lawsuits and reputational damage.

The best practices found within a robust security awareness program are must-haves for a faculty and staff population intent on keeping student data secure.

Are your faculty and staff prepared to keep student data protected?​

 

The safekeeping and privacy of student data is mandated by the U.S. federal regulation known as the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If this data is abused, released, or compromised, the educational institution in question could face loss of federal funding and fines, not to mention civil lawsuits and reputational damage.

The best practices found within a robust security awareness program are must-haves for a faculty and staff population intent on keeping student data secure.

Equip your faculty and staff to safeguard student data​

 

Those entrusted with student data need the know-how to protect this information from threats of all types; from bad guys in cyberspace to internal mistakes and misuse. Every risk mitigated could mean the wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of students is kept intact.

Why educational institutions need security awareness:​

  • Help ensure compliance with FERPA regulations​
  • Preserve student data integrity from data breaches and malware​
  • Improve employees’ knowledge surrounding cyberthreats, risks and appropriate actions​
  • Change risky-behavior to maximize student data security

LearningLAB: Employee education for those who know education​

 

Once-a-year training does not prepare employees for pop quizzes on what constitutes legitimate asks for sensitive data, what makes an email phishy, and when to raise the red flag around security or privacy incidents. Only a fully-formed awareness program will allow your organization to create a risk-aware culture that is ready for daily real-world “pop quizzes” of these essential topics.

Our Education Security Awareness program packages, delivered through LearningLAB, allow educational institutions of all sizes to provide a comprehensive security awareness program that works for their budget. Our programs include online training and a variety of media used to reinforce key behaviors. All content is aligned to key risks, and uses interactivity and real-life examples to ensure user engagement.

LearningLAB: Employee education for those who know education​

 

Once-a-year training does not prepare employees for pop quizzes on what constitutes legitimate asks for sensitive data, what makes an email phishy, and when to raise the red flag around security or privacy incidents. Only a fully-formed awareness program will allow your organization to create a risk-aware culture that is ready for daily real-world “pop quizzes” of these essential topics.

Our Education Security Awareness program packages, delivered through LearningLAB, allow educational institutions of all sizes to provide a comprehensive security awareness program that works for their budget. Our programs include online training and a variety of media used to reinforce key behaviors. All content is aligned to key risks, and uses interactivity and real-life examples to ensure user engagement.

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Educator Sector Insights: State of Privacy and Security Awareness

76% of faculty and staff at education institutions showed lack of ability to handle common privacy and security threat scenarios. See additional analysis of our education employee survey, including faculty vs. staff and public vs. private school employees.

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From award-winning, interactive courseware to videos, posters, and articles, MediaPRO offers hundreds of individual educational pieces of content to help clients of all sizes and needs to tailor their awareness programs. Check out our content catalog for more information.

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