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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, October 2019

by NSC Blog | Sep 23, 2019 | Announcements, Clearinghouse News, Tips & Tricks |

Be Vigilant. Be Trusted. Be Secure.

By John Ramsey, National Student Clearinghouse Chief Information Security Officer

Do you know that 94 percent of cyberattacks are started by a phishing email?

Phishing emails ask you to provide personal or financial information or click a link or open an attachment to inject your machine with viruses and malware. The objective is to steal your valuable information. Phishing is extremely successful, regardless of the industry.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, offering an important reminder that all of us should be vigilant about protecting our information and identities. Registrars and enrollment managers play central roles in an institution’s cybersecurity posture. The choices they make each day directly affect student data security.

Higher education encompasses almost every sensitive data type that exists: ranging from student personally identifiable information (PII), to health care privacy for the medical universities to intellectual property for the institutions heavily invested in research. With learners coming from every social demographic in the country, some learners have had social opportunities that encouraged security best practices where others have not.

Register to attend the webinar I’m hosting on Oct. 9 from 1:30 to 2 pm, ET, about the importance of securing your mobile device. In addition, I’m holding an interactive conversation on Oct. 17 from 2 to 2:30 pm, ET, on actions you can take to prevent your credentials from being compromised.

The National Student Clearinghouse encourages all of us to follow work and personal security protocols, so our organizations remain secure. We have maintained the confidentiality and privacy of the student records in our care since our beginning in 1993.

To learn about other best practices to guard against cyber threats, read “Cybersecurity: Why It Matters to Registrars, Enrollment Managers and Higher Education” for guidance from the Clearinghouse, EDUCAUSE and REN-ISAC.

 

Registrars and enrollment managers play central roles in an institution’s cybersecurity posture. The choices they make each day directly affect student data security.

John Ramsey
National Student Clearinghouse Chief Information Security Officer

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