Phishing Prevention Solutions for Colleges & Universities


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.

Train employees with content relevant to education institutions.

Cofense PhishMeTM. Don’t throw hundreds of random phishing simulations at your staff and students. Condition them to report attacks with phishing simulations based on active threats the industry has seen or is experiencing. To view an example, click the image.

Learn the value of the training and education in phishing defense programs.

Research Report. The 2019 Annual Phishing Report report shows key measures of readiness, in education and other industries. See how frequent, relevant simulations and a culture of reporting equals higher resiliency and a more durable phishing defense.

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See how one university boosted phishing reporting to 50%.

Case Study. Using Cofense PhishMeTM and Cofense ReporterTM, a leading university is succeeding in training users to spot and report bad emails. Learn how this institution uses phishing simulations and a rewards system to motivate half its users to report phishes.

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Discover the malware trends affecting higher education.

Malware Review. Learn which malware trends are plaguing major industries including higher education. Get detailed breakdowns from Cofense IntelligenceTM, the team that analyzes thousands of emails and campaigns each month to keep customers ahead of threats delivered by phishing emails.

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Learn 6 ways your institution can mitigate phishing faster.

Whitepaper. Cofense has put together a list of best practices for faster, more efficient phishing mitigation. See how to combine automated email analysis and security playbooks with human intelligence and control. Discover how to save time and resources while strengthening response.

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Can you stop a phishing attack in 10 minutes? This organization did.

Case Study. See how this Cofense customer blocked a phishing campaign in minutes, not days. Find out how the security team used Cofense TriageTM to identify and analyze the attack, so they could hunt it down before users supplied credentials.

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Higher Education Datasheet

See our suite of collaborative phishing defense solutions and why institutions choose Cofense.

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Cofense PhishMe Datasheet

The solution that invented the phishing awareness industry helps education institutions around the world train users to spot attacks.

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Cofense Triage Datasheet

Top education institutions use Cofense Triage to respond to phishing attacks faster and more efficiently.

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1. “Phishing Attacks in the Education Industry,” InfoSec Institute, 2018.
2. Ibid.
3. “Report Finds Almost 90 Percent of Top US Higher Education Institutions Fail to Protect Students and Faculty from Phishing Attacks,” Business Wire, 2018.