- CyberCrime Center
August 13, 2014
As Mobile Adoption and Online Educational Resources Continue to Grow, Now is the Time for a Lesson in Cybersecurity
San Jose, CA – August 13, 2014 – ThreatMetrix®, the fastest-growing provider of context-based security and advanced fraud prevention solutions, today announced the top cyber threats for students and education professionals to look out for in the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. As mobile usage becomes widely accepted at schools and online testing and student data storage become more commonplace, ThreatMetrix urges students and educational institutions to prepare for the associated risks.
“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.”
With the mobile student in mind, ThreatMetrix has outlined the top risks for students to be aware of as we enter the upcoming school year. These include:
“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 on the lookout for risks associated with:
This year, students will head back to school with all of their devices – mobile devices (perhaps even the new iPhone 6), tablets and laptops – within arms-reach. Staying one step ahead of the many risks associated with their school-related activities through added security measures is the first step in students staying protected. Educational institutions should also 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.
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