A recent study reported that more than 1,300 individual data breaches have occurred in the education sector which have resulted in the exposure of more than 24 million student records since 2005. Higher education makes up more than three-quarters of those affected. Bad actors know there are troves of valuable information to be mined and sold, usually defended by small IT budgets. Sensational news headlines about ransomware and other types of cyber-attacks have become all too common place.

Join Marcum Technology as we separate fact from fiction and provide insights into how bad actors carry out these attacks to help you better understand what has actually occurred as well as sharing specific strategies for how you can better prepare your institution to meet these challenges. While higher education institutions in the education sector have consistently been amongst the least secure, there are tangible steps you can take help reduce the likelihood of an attack as well as the potential impact.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Importance of understanding what data you have, and its value to your institution
  • Key techniques for improving the technical security capabilities including:
    • Basic “block and tackle” controls
    • Patching critical systems
    • Documenting key processes
  • How social engineering attempts try to manipulate human behavior to cause someone to share information or take a damaging action.
  • Value and different ways of training your staff to recognize normal versus malicious interactions
  • Why controlling access to your systems and data through the use of multifactor authentication (MFA) can thwart bad actors

Presenter: Frederick Johnson, Vice President – Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics, Marcum Technology
Recommended CPE: 1 Credit
Field of Study: Information Technology
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Program Level: Basic
Prerequisites: None
Advanced Preparation: None