Unifying Cybersecurity in Education

With the rise of the digital campus, cybercriminals don’t have to look very hard for new places to attack. Online courses, virtual labs, electronic student records, and the widespread use of personal devices are all opening the door to new threats. The result is that cyberattacks are growing in volume and effectiveness.

The bad news is that the academic sector is highly vulnerable, and the bad actors are taking note. Cybersecurity is the top priority for educational IT leaders according to CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking).2 Many schools and campuses may be even more at risk due to overextended IT staff and limited funding.

Meanwhile, when it comes to security solutions, the complexity is higher than ever. Thousands of security vendors promise to have the silver bullet for security, and the landscape is awash with a multitude of products and agents to address different threat vectors. Security and IT teams make their decisions in silos—and with no big-picture view of the environment they’re trying to protect. It’s beyond time for a unified approach.

This white paper will explore why cybersecurity needs to be a team sport, aligning your people, processes, and technology to defend against the latest security threats. We’ll look at the key elements needed for a unified approach, and how the comprehensive security platform from VMware can help.


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