Protect the Sensitive Data of Your Faculty, Staff and Students
Secure Third Party Communications
Colleges and universities promote creative thought and critical analysis based on the free flow of information. However, open networks accessed by thousands of users with a variety of personal devices and public-use computers create a golden opportunity for attackers to break into and steal sensitive information. The Kiteworks enterprise content firewall ensures student records, university research, endowment fund information and budgets stay protected.
Higher Education Solutions
Worry About School, Not Security
Protect Student Records and Proprietary Research
Hackers frequently target colleges and universities for the vast amounts of sensitive information they hold. Higher education institutions rely on the Kiteworks platform to safeguard the systems that store student records like grades and test scores, financial aid applications, IEPs and more. The Kiteworks platform also protects the proprietary research universities produce to advance fields of study in medicine, social science, engineering and other disciplines.
Cover Your Regulatory Bases with One Solution
Demonstrate Compliance With Numerous Regulations
Colleges and universities must comply with many different regulations: FERPA for student education records, HIPAA for student health matters, IDEA for students with disabilities, PCI for credit cards used in tuition payments and bookstore transactions, GDPR for students from the EU, and more. Higher education institutions using the Kiteworks platform have complete visibility and control of their sensitive information so they demonstrate compliance with data privacy regulations.
Take Faxes and FTP Out of the Equation
Share Sensitive Information Securely
Colleges and universities transmit sensitive information daily, risking interception and unauthorized access. The Kiteworks platform provides higher education institutions a secure conduit for sending and receiving sensitive information. Staff simply and safely sends and receives student transcripts, shares and collaborates on research with colleagues from other universities, and sends financial information to donors and boards of regents. With the Kiteworks platform, colleges and universities protect their students, staff and intellectual property.
Frequently Asked Questions
FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. It is a federal law in the United States that protects the privacy of students’ education records. FERPA applies to all educational institutions that receive federal funding, including K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. The law gives students and their parents certain rights with respect to their education records, including the right to access, review, and request corrections to those records. FERPA also regulates the disclosure of students’ education records and requires educational institutions to obtain written consent before releasing such records to third parties, except in certain limited circumstances.
Colleges and universities store a variety of sensitive information, like student records (which includes personally identifiable information like names, addresses, and Social Security numbers), financial information (such as banking, loan, and credit card information), and research data (which may include confidential or proprietary information). This information is valuable to attackers because it can be sold on the dark web or used to commit identity theft.
Colleges and universities use a variety of security measures to protect sensitive information from cyberattacks, including firewalls, intrusion detection, identity access management, and encryption. They also implement security awareness training for staff and students and regularly update their software and systems to patch any vulnerabilities.
Students and staff should be vigilant about their online activity and take steps to protect their personal information. This includes using strong passwords, avoiding public Wi-Fi networks, and being cautious about clicking on links or downloading attachments from unknown sources. They should also ensure that their devices, like smartphones and laptops, are up to date with the latest security patches and antivirus software.
In the event of a data breach, colleges and universities should take immediate steps to contain the breach and mitigate any damage. This may include notifying affected individuals and law enforcement, conducting a thorough investigation to determine the scope of the breach, and implementing additional security measures to prevent future breaches.
Colleges and universities can balance the need for security with the free flow of information by implementing security measures that are effective without being overly restrictive. This may include providing secure channels for the exchange of sensitive information, using access controls to limit who has access to certain data, and implementing policies and procedures that promote responsible information sharing. It is also important to involve faculty, staff, and students in the development of security policies and procedures to ensure that they are effective and practical.
WHY CLIENTS CHOOSE KITEWORKS
Kiteworks takes the guesswork out of what people are sending and how, putting important checks and balances in place.
The Kiteworks platform allows IU staff to share critical patient information in real time to the doctors who need to evaluate the data and make a proper diagnosis. It’s providing quite a bit of value to us.
Kiteworks was exactly what we needed. Not only can internal users collaborate quickly and easily, but external users can use the solution as well. The issues we dealt with in the past have been completely eliminated.