Cybersecurity for Educational Institutions

Educational leaders and IT and cyber professionals have faced significant challenges over the last several years. The complexities of shifting between in-person, virtual, and hybrid schooling have been met with an increasingly complicated and evolving cyber threat landscape where schools have become primary targets of cyber threat actors (CTAs).

K-12 and higher education institutions don't always have the resources to manage the expansive needs of proactive cybersecurity. In the K-12 Report: CIS MS-ISAC Cybersecurity Assessment of the 2022–2023 School Year, for instance, 81% of K-12 respondents to the 2022 Nationwide Cybersecurity Review (NCSR) said they lack sufficient funding. Approximately the same percentage of respondents cited the increasing sophistication of threats and lack of documented processes as cybersecurity challenges at 59% and 58%, respectively. More than 40% of respondents said that their schools also struggle with a lack of cybersecurity strategy and insufficient numbers of trained cybersecurity personnel.

Top 5 Security Concerns for Education Institutions

Overview

Educational leaders and IT and cyber professionals have faced significant challenges over the last several years. The complexities of shifting between in-person, virtual, and hybrid schooling have been met with an increasingly complicated and evolving cyber threat landscape where schools have become primary targets of cyber threat actors (CTAs).

K-12 and higher education institutions don't always have the resources to manage the expansive needs of proactive cybersecurity. In the K-12 Report: CIS MS-ISAC Cybersecurity Assessment of the 2022–2023 School Year, for instance, 81% of K-12 respondents to the 2022 Nationwide Cybersecurity Review (NCSR) said they lack sufficient funding. Approximately the same percentage of respondents cited the increasing sophistication of threats and lack of documented processes as cybersecurity challenges at 59% and 58%, respectively. More than 40% of respondents said that their schools also struggle with a lack of cybersecurity strategy and insufficient numbers of trained cybersecurity personnel.

Top 5 Security Concerns for Education Institutions

Education Solutions

It’s critical to ensure students, parents, employees, staff, and all their data stay safe.

This requires real-time cybersecurity operations that help education organizations monitor, detect, and respond to threats 24x7x365 – not just during school hours. For most institutions, this isn’t something that can be easily managed in-house.

CIS offers many solutions that can help.

 

Community of IT Professionals in Education and Beyond

The MS-ISAC is a community of IT and cybersecurity professionals tasked with keeping U.S. public organizations safe from cyber threats. This no-cost membership provides public educational institutions with no- and low-cost-effective services, support, and resources for building and maintaining effective cybersecurity programs, including support from the 24x7x365 CIS Security Operations Center (SOC). Learn how the MS-ISAC can help improve the cyber defense of your institution.

Improve the cyber defense of your institution with help from the MS-ISAC

 

Tools and Resources to Help You Start Secure and Stay Secure

CIS SecureSuite is a no-cost Membership for public academic institutions and is available at a discount for private schools. that It includes integrated cybersecurity tools and resources that help your educational organization implement CIS's community-developed security best practices for securing systems and data.

Apply to access the tools and resources available in CIS SecureSuite  

 

Detect Threats Targeting Your Institution

Albert Network Monitoring and Management is an intrusion detection system (IDS) is designed to monitor malicious traffic specific to public educational organizations .

Start monitoring malicious activity with Albert

 

Secure Endpoints in Your Public Education's Institution

CIS Endpoint Security Services (ESS) is a solution that will help you public academic institutions identify, detect, respond to, and remediate security incidents and alerts on all of your endpoint devices through standalone and add-on offerings.

Keep endpoints secure with CIS ESS

 

Protect Your Educational Institution from Harmful or Malicious Domains

Malicious Domain Blocking and Reporting Plus (MDBR+) is a cloud-based secure DNS service solution provides 24x7x365 protection from known malicious domains harboring malware and other threats. It's available for public schools.

Keep malicious domains at bay with MDBR+

 

Monitor Institution Devices for Malicious or Anomalous Activity

CIS Managed Security Services (MSS) monitor your public education organization's devices for signs of malicious or anomalous activity, eliminate false positives, and escalate only actionable items as an alert to affected organizations.

Start identifying malicious activity with MSS

 

Test the Cyber Defenses of Your Institution

Penetration Testing services simulate a real-world cyber attack so that you can test and improve your public education organization's cyber defenses.

Get started with penetration testing

 

Audit Your Network, Track Remediation, and More

Vulnerability Assessments will help public educational organizations map their networks, prioritize their assets, remediate vulnerabilities, and track remediation efforts.

Learn how an assessment can help your institution

 

 


CIS MS-ISAC K-12 Cybersecurity Assessment

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A School’s Guide to Cybersecurity

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K-12 Building up Cyber Defenses in Compliance with State Laws

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