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The Equifax Fiasco: Could It Happen to Your Campus CMS?

Worried about security? Take time to assess your school’s risk for cyberattacks.

If Equifax, a well-trusted, global company with near limitless resources can experience a massive cyberattack due to lapses in security that affected 145.5 million consumers, wouldn’t it stand to reason that your school could suffer a similar fate?

The challenge for higher education institutions, however, is even more complicated because an open exchange of information and ideas is the cornerstone of academia. Yet fostering such a collaborative environment can be a nightmare for information technology experts charged with protecting the intellectual property and personal information of faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and students.

Instead of assuming that your network is safe, ask yourself these questions to assess your risk:

  1. Are you vigilant with first-line defenses such as keeping malware detection tools up to date, requiring two-factor authentication, and using complex passwords?
    According to SysCloud, a cloud security company, 35% of all security breaches occur in higher education, with hacking or malware as the leading cause of these breaches.

    35% of all security breaches occur in higher education, with hacking or malware as the leading cause of these breaches.

  2. Does your school stay current with software updates and patches? 
    Equifax blamed open source software for its record-breaking security breach in part because of the software’s programming oversights, inconsistency, and lack of automatic updating capabilities. One expert likened the breach to an “open source intelligence atomic bomb.” Such vulnerabilities are a hidden cost of this type of “free” software that requires a significant level of Do-It-Yourself implementation and maintenance.

  3. Is security a top priority at your institution?
    According to SecurityScorecard’s 2015 Higher Education Security Report, which surveyed 485 schools, the top 10 schools are vigilant in maintaining and addressing DNS health, endpoint security, hacker chatter, network security, password exposure, and social engineering. Merced College, Golden Gate University, and Pepperdine University, all OmniUpdate customers, are in the top 10 schools with the strongest security postures, because security is at the forefront of their web content management system (CMS) conversations—not an afterthought.

OmniUpdate provides active, ongoing support with automatic maintenance updates for plugins, patches for security vulnerabilities, and real-time monitoring of security threats for customers using our SaaS CMS.

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