Common Security Pitfalls That Happen in Many Schools

Sophos have identified some common security pitfalls that happen in many schools.

  • Un-encrypted email
  • Faulty Firewall
  • Delinquent Web Filtering

They may occur because people just aren’t aware of the risks they present. Or because the current security approach – which was ideal when it was set up a few years ago – is no longer up to the task.

These pitfalls can put the network – and the data on it – at risk. However they are easy to fix with the Sophos portfolio: Endpoint Protection (cloud or on premise), Sophos UTM, SafeGuard Enterprise Encryption, and Sophos Mobile Control.

Un-encrypted Email

emailYour email typically traverses the Internet in plain text format. It’s like sending a postcard in the mail. Anyone with the means and motive – government agencies, ISPs, webmail providers, hackers, advertisers and even your competitors – can take advantage of this to steal sensitive data, facilitate identity theft, access credit card information, or provide more targeted advertising. We’re in the middle of an email snooping epidemic and unsecure email is a major liability.

Solution
Sophos lets you protect the privacy, confidentiality and integrity of your sensitive emails:

  • Combine DLP and policy-based email encryption in one easy to use solution.
  • Automatically detect sensitive information leaving your school by email and either block or encrypt it.
  • Take data protection out of the hands of your staff / students and take care of it for them

Faulty Firewall

firewallIt may look like an unassuming box in the server room, but your firewall is your network’s first line of defense: blocking port scans, thwarting data-stealing malware, controlling Facebook access, prioritizing bandwidth for corporate applications … the list goes on. If your firewall can’t keep up with threats and bandwidth demands, or is too complex to use effectively, you’re not getting the full potential from your network.

Solution
Get the full potential from your network with a Sophos firewall:

  • Put all the protection you need in place, simply and easily.
  • Enjoy lightning speed – our firewalls beat the competition in independent tests.
  • Get visibility into what’s happening with extensive built-in reporting.
  • Secure against the latest threats with SophosLabs global threat expertise.

Delinquent Web Filtering

web filteringWeb filtering used to be easy – block out the pornography, gambling and extremist content and you’re safe. But today that’s no longer enough to keep students secure against dangerous websites – 80% of all web malware is now hosted on legitimate websites that have been compromised. Hackers compromise thousands of new sites every day, using sophisticated techniques to keep their malware from being detected. You can get infected with malware by browsing to a hacked website that might have been safe the day before, without even knowing it.

Solution
Get the advanced web malware protection you need with Sophos UTM.

  • Keep out prohibited content with URL filtering with policy enforcement.
  • Catch the threats on the sites you’re allowing, scanning all content in real-time for malware before it reaches the browser.
  • Protect against advanced threats with technologies like JavaScript emulation to identify threats that get around traditional antivirus

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