Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Schools, Colleges & Universities Are A Breeding Ground For Computer Terrorists, Hackers, Phishers & Man in The Middle Brutal Attacks

Schools, Colleges & Universities Are A Breeding Ground For Computer Terrorists, Hackers,
Phishers & Man in The Middle Brutal Attacks
By Nick Ashton, CEO/CTO, CommSmart Global Group of Companies.

Just like the prison system, schools, colleges and universities are a breeding/training grounds for illegal activities.  Not just gangs, drugs, perverted sexual activity, it includes the lucrative computer hacking, phishing and man in the middle brutal attackers.

The Internet connects them worldwide to every opportunity to access corporate, personal and governmental information.  It is not Six Degrees of Separation anymore!  The connections are solid and available.  If they are not sure, there is an under/above ground support network that will teach and share in the massive revenues that are being accrued minute by minute by these criminals.

Computer infiltration is more profitable then the drug or human trafficking marketplace.  It is not just the money being made by the sale of SSN#’s, Bank Cards, personal information, corporate secrets, patents and the inner most working of the Fortune 500 companies. It is the government information that can be used against us.

It is one thing to lose your Driver’s License or a credit card, it is the energy, time, money and pure frustration of replacing them that is a major issue.
Now, if it is stolen via a computer data hack or phishing expedition through someone else, like a retail operation, you still have the same steps to go through with the added concern of all your information is out there being used by criminals.

The sad fact is, you personally and corporations are not listening! 

It is SERIOUS and getting worse day by day. 

It is not IF it is going to happen to you, it is WHEN!  Then it is too late…

Believe it or not, there are companies who have developed the solution for these issues.  Trusted Device is more than one step ahead of the situation and there to assist with virtually zero managerial impact on the day to day running of your IT requirements. Not a new company, they have been protecting Europe for over twenty years.

Although some schools, colleges and universities will have expensive security in place, that sadly is not doing the job that is demanded today, Trusted Device overlays the existing system without having to replace or make radical changes. 

In our case it is Plug and Secure!

Just ask the IT/Trust and Security Director at the University of Maryland how they are feeling regarding the outright criminal act of stealing 300,000 Social Security Numbers and the need now to spending monies on credit protection for those people for at least the next year.  This is a reactive move, which should not be needed if you are PROACTIVE!

Universities have long been a favorite target for hackers bent on pilfering private data for identity theft and exploitation.

Since 2005, when breaches at universities began being recorded, an average of 1,268,394 records have been exposed in the US per year.

Numbers have been declining, however. In 2011, a reported 478,490 records were breached. 2013 it has built yet again and 2014 is not off to a good start!
To complicate matters, higher education has a reputation for employing looser data security protocols in general, making those susceptible to accidental data loss and exposure.

The breadth and volume of personal data collected by universities, coupled with high turnover and a generally technically un-savvy population, makes the problem of data loss at institutions nearly epidemic in nature.

A prominent educational group suffered damages from highly skilled students hacking their network, allowing them to change student grades and accessing upcoming tests and exams.

Investigating the source of the hacks revealed that students hacked the login web-portal installing Trojans on teacher/professor computers to obtain their usernames/passwords.

During an initial pilot program of 30.000 teachers and professors, Trusted Device’ s solutions provided all known and identified laptops, tablets and smartphones with short lived certificates to secure data in motion.

As a result, students who still manage to obtain the teacher/professor’s authentication credentials through Malware or Phishing, are unable to use them, since Trusted Device authenticates the laptop, Tablet or Smartphone instead of the user.

With the Trusted Device solution being software based, cost could be significantly reduced when comparing to traditional physical security tokens.

Maintenance wise the solution required around 0.1 FTE to manage once up and running and could also be offered as a managed service by the providing partner.

Since the Trusted Device solution makes use of standards, existing school and university network infrastructure could be re-used, requiring no additional investments.

Additionally the Trusted Device solution scaled sufficiently to allow the 300,000 students in the pilot group to also make use of the solution, allowing for secure read access to their privacy sensitive school files.

There are three video overviews below, the first is an Education overview of the Trusted Device Solution, the second, a Trusted Device overview and costing, the third, a more technical overview of the system as we know your IT department will have questions.

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