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Case Study: Risk Assessment for a University.

Our Challenge: The University with its complex IT infrastructure and diverse range of business processes, needed to identify potential cybersecurity risks and hidden vulnerabilities. They required a comprehensive cybersecurity risk assessment that was thorough and based on globally recognized standards.

The Solution: Careful Security embraced this challenge, utilizing the robust NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) and NIST Privacy Framework to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment. We analyzed critical business processes, sensitive data repositories, servers, and software infrastructure uncovering hidden vulnerabilities. We scanned the perimeter from the outside and detected the presence of legacy systems that could become an easy target for cyber threats.

The Deliverable: Our final deliverable was a detailed security roadmap, outlining strategic steps to remediate the risks identified.Our assessment and actionable recommendations helped instill a culture of cybersecurity awareness laying the foundation for security first mindset.

  • Limited Resources: Many educational institutions have limited budgets and resources to dedicate to cybersecurity.
  • Lack of Awareness and Training: Staff and students might not be fully aware of the best practices for maintaining cybersecurity.
  • Diverse User Base: Educational institutions have a wide range of users, including students, faculty, and administrative staff, each with different levels of technical proficiency.
  • Outdated Infrastructure: Many institutions operate with outdated systems and software, which can be more vulnerable to cyberattacks. 
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policies: Institutions often allow students and staff to use personal devices for academic activities, increasing the risk of a security breach.
  • Compliance with Legal and Regulatory Requirements: Ensuring compliance with various legal and regulatory requirements related to data protection can be challenging.
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. It requires educational institutions to take reasonable steps to protect the security and confidentiality of student records.
  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA is a federal law that protects the privacy and security of health information. Educational institutions that provide health care services to students are subject to HIPAA requirements.
  • The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA). GLBA is a federal law that applies to financial institutions, including educational institutions that process student financial aid information. GLBA requires these institutions to protect the security and confidentiality of customer information.
  • The Cybersecurity Act of 2015. The Cybersecurity Act of 2015 is a federal law that requires critical infrastructure entities, including educational institutions, to develop and implement cybersecurity plans.
  • State laws. In addition to federal laws, educational institutions may also be subject to cybersecurity requirements imposed by state laws.