ANY DEVICE OPTIMISED AND SECURED
With school budgets becoming increasingly squeezed, how can you equate the spend on security solutions with benefits to the school when all areas are clamouring for more funding?
Typically over time, technology is added to a schools’ network infrastructure to meet each new requirement. However, from funding to security efficacy, patchwork networks can be very costly to maintain.
Too much noise is a threat in itself
Many schools still operate a patchwork set of security solutions from a variety of different vendors. Perhaps you inherited this patchwork, or your IT provider has changed over the years and each one has sold you new technology without considering your overall security needs? Ideally your security environment will protect you from the full spectrum of cyber threats, with each component alerting you – in harmony – whenever signs of an attack are detected. However unless using integrated security solutions from a single specialist security vendor, or using a cleverly integrated event/log correlation solution to combine the information generated by each tool, schools will simply not get to see the big picture and cannot provide the monitoring required through all the ‘noise’ each tool generates.
Optimise your cybersecurity investment
In our security audit and assessment work, we frequently find patchwork environments that do not communicate with each other as well as solutions with security features that have not been configured optimally or even turned on at all. From a budgetary perspective most organisations (especially schools) can’t just rip-out and replace, but having your entire security architecture in-tune is critical for security. Any gaps in your defences are likely to result in a breach with the potential to be catastrophic to your organisation.
Infosec Partners are perhaps one of only a few security service providers that can actually deliver full-spectrum security whilst supporting any-vendor any-device. We will help you optimise your security investment by making the most of your existing security devices. If they can’t provide the security you need – based on your risk profile – we’ll help you identify the best solution, which might even be OPEX alternatives to help you better manage your budget whilst enhancing your security.
Schools are low-hanging fruit
Attackers have identified schools as “low-hanging fruit” because they are often ill-equipped to spot signs of cyber fraud. Criminals have become increasingly sophisticated in their approach, making the threat of a cyber-attack less apparent. By using publicly available information, often from organisations’ websites and social media, criminals can gain the trust of unsuspecting staff members, increasing the chance that a harmful email attachment would then be opened from someone purporting to be a legitimate sender.