How to reduce threats to universities’ data?

April 11, 2024

EdTech Focus on HigherEd on October 3, 2018

The Education Department is encouraging universities and schools to improve their identity management. The reason is an increase of hacker attacks, in the course of which attackers steal student loan refunds. There are only 2 elements in the formula of a successful rogue operation: a comprehensive research of a school’s communication methods and the lack of cybersecurity skills among the population.

The surefire way to protect data is to set up the two-factor or multifactor authentication processes (2FA). According to a survey, only 10% of Americans have sufficient knowledge about the 2FA and the majority students of University of Indiana believe their passwords are strong enough, so this security method is unnecessary. It means that university IT teams should educate users about the importance of the 2FA, offer easy pathways to implement it And still there is a thing to always keep in mind: a false sense of confidence can cause problems, considering modern-day phishing techniques.

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