Higher Education: Protecting Student Data Wherever It Resides

Securing the Digital Campus   

Remote learning, work, and research collaboration introduce new risks and data protection requirements for colleges and universities. Many higher education institutions had begun the transition to the digital campus before the COVID outbreak. The coronavirus pandemic accelerated that digital transformation and made it an immediate imperative.

Data now resides in countless applications, both on-premises and in the cloud. Remote engagement at scale means large numbers of managed and unmanaged devices and networks are being used to store and handle data. This has severely hindered perimeter-based security’s effectiveness, taking away the visibility and control higher education institutions used to have and placing personally identifiable information (PII) and intellectual property (IP) at even greater risk. Compromise of student PII puts institutions in danger of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) violations and their consequences.

To fulfill new data protection requirements and maintain FERPA compliance, higher education institutions need cybersecurity that works no matter where data goes. The Lookout Security Platform offers institutions:

  • a unified, converged platform purpose-built for higher education
  • end-to-end data protection and visibility across endpoints and on-premises and cloud apps
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Cyber attacks continue to rise & put data at risk

  • Higher education institutions have long been targets for ransomware and other cyber-attacks. The volume and sophistication of attacks are rising rapidly, placing sensitive data at unprecedented risk.
  • The FBI reports that ransomware attacks impacted nearly 1,700 U.S. schools, colleges, and universities in 2020. In just one-month of 2021, educational organizations suffered over 5.8 million malware incidents.
  • At the same time, higher education institutions are subject to FERPA and other evolving, more stringent cybersecurity and privacy mandates from government agencies and other sources to protect data and preserve privacy.
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Current security status quo isn’t an option

  • Failure to deliver a truly digital campus leaves higher education institutions behind competitors. But digital transformation introduces new risks and data protection requirements.
  • Data lives everywhere. Remote engagement eliminates the traditional network perimeter and creates countless new points of entry for cyber-attacks.
  • Perimeter-based security is no longer adequate. It offers only limited visibility and control over sprawling apps, networks, and data, widening security gaps.
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Comprehensive data protection, visibility & control

  • The Lookout Security Platform eliminates the need for a patchwork of point security solutions that hinder efficiency and performance. 
  • With natively built capabilities from Zero Trust Network Access and Cloud Access Security Broker to Data Loss Prevention and Enterprise Digital Rights Management, Lookout offers the only platform that can deliver comprehensive and consistent data protection, visibility and control.
  • The Lookout Security Platform is purpose-built to support higher education institution missions, reducing the risk and impact of ransomware and other cyber-attacks. 
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