Educators across the country work to ensure students have access to safe and productive environments where they can advance their education and prepare for their careers. In 2018, achieving this goal is becoming increasingly difficult. Maintaining effective security means schools and universities need a combination of physical and cybersecurity solutions that work together to keep students and faculty safe without causing educational environments to become less conducive to student success.
Recent headlines have brought the need for increased security in educational institutions to the forefront of people’s attention. Although it may seem like the education sector is primarily a target for physical attacks, it has also become a prime target for cyberattacks. In the first half of 2017, the education sector alone accounted for 13 percent of data breaches, resulting in the compromise of around 32 million records. Although educational institutions may not seem to be the same sort of obvious target that financial services or healthcare organizations are, the reality is that they actually house a great deal of sensitive personal and financial information, as well as valuable proprietary research data and intellectual property that is highly attractive to the cybercriminal community. To successfully protect students, faculty, and visitors, therefore, schools and universities need to establish and maintain constant awareness of both physical and cyber threats.