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Cyber security for Education

Much of the data stored in education data systems is of little interest or value to hackers. Schools, colleges and universities are still potential targets for criminals however.

Sensitive personal data like student records or payment details can still be stolen from education networks for instance. And universities are a goldmine of intellectual property and sensitive research data. If criminals believe data is saleable, they will steal it.

Colleges and universities are also at risk from internal threats. Inquisitive or disaffected students may attempt to break into systems for fun – or to cause damage.

Fidus provide a range of cost-effective security assessment and advisory services to help you better protect your IT systems – and the sensitive data you store in them:

• Penetration testing – How secure is your network perimeter? Your internal safeguards? We’ll show you the loopholes and exploits that hackers would use to break in.
• Permissions and accounts audit – With potentially thousands of logins to manage, are your credentials and permissions being managed properly? We’ll help you find out.
• Phishing email security – Are your teaching and non-teaching staff ready to deal with fake emails and attempts to steal logins?
• Physical security provisions – Can you keep intruders out of your data centres?
• Red Team scenarios – Using proven hacking tools and techniques, we’ll simulate a full-scale cyberattack – and test your responses to the incident.

At the end of the process, we’ll provide you with a full report that shows where your systems are – and are not – performing optimally. We’ll also supply you with a series of recommendations for future improvement, so you have everything required to apply for additional IT security funding.

Cyber security compliance for Education

Educational organisations have a legal and ethical duty to protect information stored in their IT systems. Of particular interest are your obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You must properly secure personal data against loss or theft – or risk a fine of up to €20m.

Fidus can help you prepare your systems for GDPR compliance, applying the necessary safeguards to ensure unauthorised users cannot break in. From penetration testing to firewall reconfiguration, our fully qualified consultants are with you every step of the way.

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Why Fidus?

Penetration testing reveals your most sensitive network vulnerabilities – so you need a partner you can trust. Fidus Information Security are an NCSC CHECK Green Light and TIGER scheme approved consultancy. Our cyber security experts hold some of the most recognised certifications in the industry, including CREST Certified Tester and Senior Security Tester. Fidus is also a Cyber Essentials verified company. Every assessment we perform is carried out according to UK industry approved methodologies (OWASP, PETS, NIST) along with our own internal testing frameworks.

Remedial Support

More than just identifying security vulnerabilities, our cyber security experts are on hand to help you fix them too.

Certified Security Consultants

Our CREST and TIGER approved team holds a range of industry-leading security certifications including OSCP, CCT, SST and CISSP

Easy to Understand Reports

We’ll ensure that your executives and technical teams properly understand our assessment findings using plain-English reporting.

Fixed Price Proposals

The price you’re quoted is the price you’ll pay. Our quotes are broken down into a detailed costing table so you know exactly what to expect.

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