Educational Institution Cybersecurity

Managing Industry-Specific Security Challenges

School districts and institutions of higher education are particularly vulnerable to cyber criminals. Between a store of highly sensitive information and an open network for students and staff, K-12 and Universities are often targeted by ransomware and other cyber threats.

Protecting this valuable information requires an advanced level of security. However, most educational facilities are faced with limited funding, which can lead to resource and staffing shortages. Despite higher education being on the leading edge of research and innovation, funding challenges can still lead to a regressed scenario when it comes to IT technology. In addition, major regulatory compliance obligations in education require extensive resources, often resulting in oversight on security infrastructure and reporting.

Educational Institutions face many risks from a cyber attack, including:

  • Hackers gaining access to student information
  • Ransomware holding pertinent information or network access hostage, forcing a shutdown of operations (school closures)
  • Hackers going after proprietary research data and intellectual property
  • Large, complex networks with many users are difficult for most IT departments to protect

How We Help

Alagen is deeply experienced with the nuances related to cybersecurity for educational institutions, going beyond expectations set by regulation requirements to meet the unique security needs of each organization. Proper security posture is no longer just a recommendation, but an operational requirement due to the frequency and sophistication of attacks, and the high costs associated with breached data.

We partner with K-12 and Higher Education Institutions, working with each to address security-related needs and improve overall security posture. We mix industry experience with overall cybersecurity acumen to provide solutions that fit. Services commonly include:

  • CISO as a Service
  • Ransomware Protection
  • CMMC Compliance
  • DFARS Compliance
  • 24/7 Managed Security Monitoring
  • Security Program Assessment
  • Security Architecture Review
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Penetration Test
  • Incident Response Tabletop Exercises

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