Top IT security best practices for educational organizations to ensure integrity of IT infrastructure

security-IT-systemsAccording to a new industry report, education is in the top three industries most vulnerable to security incidents.

That’s because schools, colleges and universities face unique requirements when it comes to the IT security of their organization. Unlike corporate or governmental security, the security of educational institutions must support a culture of openness, transparency, free access and sharing.

At the same time, educational organizations are also responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for storing, processing, and transmitting large amounts of confidential documentation, including student personal data, as well as medical, billing, or academic records.

According to the Netwrix 2014 SIEM Efficiency Survey Report many weaknesses are prevalent in established security policies to prevent, or at least detect, security incidents at early stages.

Falling under the scope of various compliance regulations and facing the increasing risk of security attacks, academic institutions are obliged to ensure IT system security and must remain at-the-ready to face the scrutiny of internal or external auditors.

To protect sensitive data and assure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all IT systems, Netwrix Corporation–a provider of change and configuration auditing software–recommends three best practices for educational organizations to reinforce their security policies:

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