- CyberCrime Center
August 13, 2014
More Mobile Devices, More Online Courses, More Student Online Data Storage and More Online Testing Mean More Cybercriminals are Looking to Cash in This Fall
“As students of all ages head back to school, they’ll most likely arrive with mobile devices in hand and on top of that many will receive tablets directly from school” said Alisdair Faulkner, chief products officer, ThreatMetrix. “However, increased device usage leads to an immense amount of sensitive information shared online and many students aren’t aware that online and mobile activities expose that information to cybercriminals.”
Following are the top risks for students with mobile devices to be aware of:
Educational institutions are under threat of attack when students access online educational portals with infected jailbroken devices. Therefore, institutions should consider implementing a platform that can detect jailbroken devices to protect stored data such as student identity and tuition information, as well as denying access to students using jailbroken devices.
“While many of the security risks associated with going back to school this year fall onto students, educational institutions must also take steps to protect students from threats beyond their personal devices and activities,” said Faulkner. “Schools are incredibly concerned with their students’ success and well-being, but often don’t see how that translates to their online activities. Unfortunately, if a cybercriminal accesses a student’s information through an educational institution’s online portal, the results of that can be catastrophic to that student and their future.”
As schools shift everything from administering tests, lesson plans and student data online, they must ensure that none of this information can be accessed by cybercriminals. Educational institutions should be aware of risk associated with:
It’s up to students to protect their devices and schools and universities to protect their online resources. To that end, educational institutions should consider the assistance of a third-party solution to screen for suspicious online activities, such as the ThreatMetrix™ Global Trust Intelligence Network, which leverages data from a collective global network for real-time threat intelligence.
ThreatMetrix® builds trust on the Internet by offering market-leading advanced fraud prevention and frictionless context-based security solutions. These solutions authenticate consumer and workforce access to mission critical applications using real-time identity and access analytics that leverage the world’s largest trusted identity network.
ThreatMetrix secures enterprise applications against account takeover, payment fraud, fraudulent account registrations, malware, and data breaches. Underpinning the solution is the ThreatMetrix® Global Trust Intelligence Network, which analyzes over 500 million monthly transactions and protects more than 160 million active user accounts across 2,500 customers and 10,000 websites.
The ThreatMetrix solution is deployed across a variety of industries, including financial services, enterprise, e-commerce, payments, social networks, government and insurance.
For more information, visit www.threatmetrix.com or call 1-408-200-5755.
Posted by Dan Rampe
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