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    IT Needs to Get Cyber Security Right 100% of the Time

    For educational institutions - whether they’re K-12, college, or universities - keeping student and staff data secure is a top priority. However, tight budgets and limited resources can make doing so a challenge.

    Cybersecurity doesn’t need to be so hard. Mimecast offers easy to implement, easy to manage, effective and affordable security solutions for hundreds of institutions just like yours.

    We Understand the Unique Challenges of Education



    Victim: Bob

    Role: Faculty at a private university.

    Mistake: Clicked on an emailed link that supposedly redirects him to an application for funding for his research area.

    Result: The malicious link unleashes a ransomware attack that infiltrates the university’s network and brings down their technology systems.


    • University services are effected including email, grading systems and Bursar Office transactions
    • University must shut down until they can resolve the crisis

    Bob’s Options:

    1. Pay the Ransom - No Guarantees

    • Files still encrypted? Not fully accessible?
    • Stolen data sold or exploited?

    2. Rebuild Servers from Data Backups

    Ransomware By The Numbers:

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      US ransomware attacks, 2019 costs

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      Average cost of a ransomware incident

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      287 days

      Average time to recover from an attack

    Easy To Perform And A High Probability Of Success

    Sophisticated Phishing Attacks


    Victim: Penelope

    Role: Professor at Wiggham Community College.

    Mistake: Receives an ‘from IT’ to update her log-in credentials; clicks on the link and enters her information on a website that looks legit.

    Result: The hacker uses stolen credentials to access the community college’s network.


    Hackers can now steal precious faculty and student PII

    • Names, addresses, SS #s
    • Student health records
    • Payroll/financial information

    Stolen PII Can Be Used For Financial Gain

    • Identity theft
    • Wire fraud
    • Tax Fraud

    Data Breaches By The Numbers:

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      Average cost of a data breach for Education (U.S.)

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      Average cost of a data breach per employee

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      Average cost per record breached for Education

    94% of Orgs experienced a phishing attack

    Nation-State Hackers


    Victim: Joan

    Role: Professor at Hopper University.


    • Conducting research for the US Department of Defense.
    • Nation-state hackers have been following the progress of Joan’s research lab.
    • Hackers launch a phishing scheme that one of Joan’s students falls victim of.

    Result: Nation-state hackers steal classified research and provide it to their government.


    • U.S. national security is compromised.
    • Reputational damage for the university.

    Real World Example:

    Iranian Hackers stole credentials of professors, research data and IP

    Data Breaches By The Numbers:

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      31 Tbytes

      Amount of documents and data stolen

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      # of American universities compromised

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      # of compromised email accounts

    US-based universities spent ~$3.4B to procure and access data and intellectual property stolen by Iranian hackers

    Insider Threats


    Victim: Jack

    Role: University student.


    • Desperate to get his parents off his back due to his poor academic performance.
    • Develops a fake website that steals user credentials and sends the link to his profs.

    Result: Jack uses stolen credentials to access the network, log into the grading system to update his grades.


    • Reputational damage for the university.
    • Compromised student records.

    Key Security Challenges:

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      Share of total mail volume generated by employees

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      Of malware is deployed through email + web

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      Suffer negative impacts from an email-borne attack*

    As much as 60% of email traffic is not inspected and secured

    Mimecast Can Help


    Email Security 3.0

    Prevents Phishing Attacks and Malware from getting to users’ inboxes.

    Reduces Risk of malicious attachments and URLs.

    Applies Best-practice Inspections to all email, including inbound, internal, and outbound.

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    Awareness Training

    Easy And Quick video-based modules delivered monthly that take less than 5 minutes to complete.

    Engaging laugh-out-loud funny security awareness training that your employees enjoy rather than dread.

    Effective micro-learning approach improves cyber awareness, sharpens cyber security reflexes, and reduces the risk of an innocent but devastating mistake.

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    Web Security

    Protects Online Activity without impacting productivity.

    Reduces “Shadow IT” by limiting the use of risky sites and unsanctioned applications.

    Keeps Users Safe On Any Device whether they are using a PC, tablet or smart phone.

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    Sync & Recover

    Prevent Loss of Critical Data as a last line of defense against ransomware.

    Supports Rapid Recovery of data and service restoration after an attack.

    Provides Point in Time Data Recovery of emails, files, and contacts.

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    Expert Insight

    Resources You Might Be Interested In


    Cybersecurity in Education by Osterman Research

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    Awareness Training for Educational Institutions

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    Ransomware in Education

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    How Hackable Are You? Four Ways to Improve Your Cyber Awareness

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    Survey Says: Ransomware is Still a Top Threat for Most Orgs

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