As cyber attacks becoming increasingly frequent and more sophisticated in nature, education institutions need to make protecting their staff and students from cyber attacks a priority. Budget constraints and the need to prioritize students and teaching when allocating spending means that many education institutions do not have sufficient security tools in place to protect them against email threats, which leave them vulnerable and their networks easy to penetrate – which cyber attackers love. It is also common for both students and staff to have little knowledge or understanding of what security threats they may be facing, what those threats may look like and how best to protect themselves. Without this knowledge cybercriminals are in a much better position to exploit human error to launch their attack.
Why Do Education Providers Need Email Security?
Cyber attacks on schools, colleges and universities have increased sharply. The education sector has become a very attractive target for cyber criminals due to the large volume of sensitive information it collates, including personally identifiable private information and alumni donations, emails, technical resources like documents and standards, and potentially high value or sensitive research and intellectual property. If stolen or compromised, this data could fetch a hefty ransom due to the significant and far-reaching damage a breach could cause.
IT teams in education may also be struggling to ensure compliance with the continually growing number of regulatory frameworks. Existing regulations continue to evolve, and new requirements are always on the horizon, and the repercussions for mishandling email compliance can be severe.
How Can Education Providers Protect Emails?
The most valuable barrier that education institutions can place between themselves and cyber criminals is a strong email security system, which can be delivered as a cloud service, on-premises or as part of a hybrid deployment model. Email gateways work like a firewall, utilizing threat protection technologies such as attachment sandboxing and URL link scanning to stand between users and the incessant spam and ransomware being delivered to them. With a good email gateway in place, organizations have the power to blacklist and whitelist certain domains, helping to prevent known harmful accounts from having access to staff and students to target them. With an email gateway users also benefit from outbound email protection, which prevents accounts from sending spam or phishing attacks out. However, with research suggesting that 90% of security breaches involve some form of human error, it is good practice to also consider an educational approach, instead of relying solely on the protection of an email security solution. People are your first line of defense against cyber attackers, so leaving them without any knowledge to arm themselves is leaving them susceptible to tricks and manipulation. Phishing simulation is a great tool to educate the staff at an education institution on cybersecurity best practices.
- Email threats are a growing challenge for educational institutions, who often have budgetary limitations
- Schools, universities and colleges are attractive targets due to the the personal data they store
- Education institutions can protect themselves against risk and potential exposure with a good email security solution
- People are your first line of defense against cyber attackers, so it is critical they are protected and aware of email threats
How Constant Edge Protects Education
Constant Edge offers a comprehensive platform to protect educational institutions against email threats.
Constant Edge are email security experts. We work with educational institutions around the world to secure against email threats, such as phishing, business email compromise and ransomware. Our solutions provide powerful protection for educational institutions. We secure inbound, outbound and internal email messages against attack, and provide comprehensive email archiving and encryption to ensure legal compliance when handing sensitive or confidential data. Our solutions work across all email platforms, including Exchange, Office 365 and Google Workspace, enabling easier control, and more granular insights into the email security risks facing your organization.
Constant Edge Education Protection Features
Remove Malicious Emails
Automatically remove malicious email messages from your users inboxes with automated threat remediation and powerful inbox scanning technologies.
Control Email Data
Granular policies around, quarantining, allow and deny lists, and end-user controls. Advanced analytics into email threats.
Easy onboarding for Exchange, Microsoft Office 365 and Google Workspace, with Azure Active Directory integrations.
Expert Technical Support
Our team supports educational institutions around the world with email security technologies, enabling more effective threat protection.
End users can report suspicious messages from their inbox. Admins get instant visibility into reports, and can instantly quarantine emails, even after delivery.
Ensure staff and students can continue to send and receive emails even in the event of an outage or ransomware attack with email continuity.
“Constant Edge provide effective email filtering and phishing defense. But what I love about working with them is the support. Everytime I have a question, they're ready to help and quick to respond. We'd highly recommend Constant Edge to other education providers."
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