Education

Hackers will always be drawn to the education industry. The sheer size of the sector, as well as the potential for large financial gain, data theft, and espionage, makes it an attractive target for cybercriminals. And everybody, from students to staff, faculty members, and third-party providers, are potential targets.

Overview

Cyber Security in Education

Protecting the confidentiality of sensitive information is just as critical as offering a high standard of education in today’s evolving threat scenario. Inability to take proper precautions could result in the theft of vital research and the revealing of personal and financial information. 

With 3,934 weekly breaches, Australia’s education sector has the fourth greatest number of cybersecurity breaches a week, up 17% over the first half of 2021. The main issue for educational institutions is to manage valuable data and resources while reducing current and future cybersecurity risks. 

CHALLENGES

Do these challenges sound familiar?

Keeping student data secure from threat actors

Efficiently protecting large, decentralised IT estates

Safely mitigating the rise in cyber breaches and DDoS attacks

Complying with Australian Privacy Principles and other mandatory data security standards

Effectively balancing information security and academic openness

Alignment to international security standards such as ISO27001 or ASD Essential 8

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KEY QUESTIONS

Key security questions for education providers

COMPLIANCE

Cyber security compliance in the education industry

COVID-19 has caused a disruption in the methods used to teach and learn for students. It required a quick transition to remote working as well as a re-evaluation of the systems and processes that had been in place for many years.

This abrupt transition has exposed the education industry, placing risk on compliance as well as data and intellectual property security.

We can assist you in enhancing your data and information security to the degree required to comply with the ACSC Essential 8, Australian Privacy PrinciplesISO 27001 and other security requirements. 

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BUILD YOUR DEFENCES

Gridware's Preventative Services

Penetration Testing

Rapidly and efficiently determine the extent to which your network and assets can defend against cyber threats by testing them against common exploits and vulnerabilities.

Network Security Penetration Testing

A form of ethical hacking that aims to validate or invalidate the efficiency of defensive network controls and determine what needs to be done to bolster them.

PCI DSS Penetration Test

Regular assessment of your organisation’s systems and processes is among the key controls mandated by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) to protect cardholder data.

Cyber Awareness Training

Gridware conducts information security training and workshops at your business. We provide in-house training seminars for your staff to educate on phishing prevention, social engineering and best practice cyber procedures.

Cloud Security Audit

Gridware will support the improvement of your cloud network monitoring capabilities to the level needed to detect and respond to cyber threats that target cloud infrastructure, services, and applications.

Risk Audit

Our team of cyber security consultants will perform a cyber risk assessment that will identify gaps in your existing policies and procedures, and provide detailed observations and remediation plans to help achieve your most ideal state of security.

IN THE EVENT OF A BREACH

Gridware's Protective Services

Ransomware Data Recovery

In the event you are subject to ransomware, Gridware’s incident response consultants in can be logged in remotely within minutes to implement our proprietary incident response methodology.

Data Breach Investigation

Gridware will immediately assess the extent of the breach, the severity of the incident, the likely impact it will have on the business, and support your organisation through the remediation activities.

How we helped international education provider Kumon

What Our Clients Say

We believe strongly that client advocacy is the greatest mark of a consultancy’s success. Here is what some of our clients have said about our services.

"Gridware has been instrumental in building our cybersecurity and ISO procedures. Their rapid response and proactive service is critical to Trendspek's cyber strategy."
Mitchell Deam
Director, Trendspek
"Having worked with Gridware for a number of years, we trust them to advise us on our security posture. Their recommendations are critical to defending us against cyber attacks."
Mark Knowlton
CTO, Openwork
"Gridware has been a valuable asset to our team, providing us with the insights we need to stay ahead of emerging threats."

James Murray
Managing Director, Nikon Australia

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