Openness, inclusiveness, and a flexible learning environment—they’re hallmarks of today’s colleges and universities. But cyber-attackers turn these strengths into security challenges. They target insecure networks and a lack of established protocols, taking particular advantage of BYOD policies letting people use devices with insecure or malicious apps.1 Understaffed IT teams can’t meet the need for security patches and anti-virus software.
Attackers phish for personal credentials (name, email address, social security number, and more), intellectual property (valuable academic research), or a sweet payoff after inflicting ransomware. While higher education has stepped up security efforts, smaller schools with leaner budgets continue to be vulnerable, relying mostly on anti-virus software or spam filters.2 One study showed that nearly 90% of top US colleges and universities fail to protect users against phishing attacks spoofing the school’s domain.3
Cofense delivers solutions that train employees and students to spot and report phishing so security teams can stop it.