Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in Education

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Educational institutions hold a wealth of sensitive data, from personal student records to valuable research information, making them attractive targets for cybercriminals. The integration of digital technologies into the education system, while beneficial, has also expanded the attack surface.

The educational sector often lags in adopting advanced cybersecurity measures, primarily because of budget constraints. These financial limitations can result in the use of outdated technologies and insufficient investment in cybersecurity solutions, compounded by the continually expanding sizes of educational institutions. Consequently, cybersecurity tends to take a backseat as funds are allocated more towards staff salaries, educational materials, and infrastructural improvements.

This scenario leaves educational institutions, especially those with limited funding, highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Cybercriminals commonly target these institutions, knowing they are likely to have weaker cyber defenses.

2,507 Attacks

Education sector faced the highest number of attacks, rising to an average of 2,507 attacks per organization per week in Q1 2023, marking a 15% increase compared to Q1 2022.

Universities, often involved in cutting-edge research, handle controlled unclassified information (CUI) that requires protection in networks compliant with NIST 800-171/CMMC standards. Achieving this compliance is a complex and costly endeavor for many institutions. Tesseract offers a streamlined and cost-effective solution, guiding institutions through the compliance process efficiently, thereby ensuring adherence without straining their resources. This support allows researchers to concentrate on innovation and discovery, safeguarding their valuable research and federal data from risks like data leaks and breaches.

A better path for education

Not just any MSP

Tesseract stands out with its deep-rooted expertise in cybersecurity, going a step beyond what conventional Managed Service Providers (MSPs) offer. Focusing on the specific needs of both the Education sector and compliance with standards like NIST 800-171 and CMMC, Tesseract delivers an elevated level of proficiency in devising, executing, and maintaining comprehensive cybersecurity plans. This advanced skill set is vital in the current scenario, where cyber threats are escalating not only in frequency but also in sophistication. We deploy highly skilled experts to effectively establish and sustain your robust cybersecurity program, ensuring continuous compliance and security. In a world where cyber threats constantly evolve, Tesseract is committed to ongoing monitoring and timely updates of its cybersecurity strategies, keeping educational institutions well-prepared against emerging threats.

Out-of-the-box solution

Understanding the challenges and limited resources of educational institutions, Tesseract presents a solution that's ready for deployment and effortlessly fits into existing operational structures. The solution reduces the need for heavy investment in resources or deep cybersecurity knowledge from the institutions themselves. Tesseract streamlines the complex and often lengthy process of comprehending security frameworks and compliance requirements into a set of simple questions, specifically designed to customize the program to the institution's unique needs. This provides an effective and economical route for educational institutions to adhere to government compliance standards. Additionally, Tesseract's all-inclusive package comes with all the essential tools and protocols, enabling easy integration of compliance measures into the current operational framework.

Comprehensive protection in any environment

Tesseract skillfully connects on-premise systems with cloud infrastructures, providing a cohesive cybersecurity strategy. This holistic method is vital for institutions using a variety of platforms, as it ensures consistent security across the board. Tesseract's combined solution integrates both on-site and cloud-based systems, delivering thorough protection, particularly for Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). This approach not only enhances security but also improves cost-effectiveness. By tailoring user access according to specific roles, it prevents unnecessary expenditure on cloud or on-premise resources. Moreover, it plays a key role in efficient risk management, fostering a secure and progressive operational framework.
What's Included

Cost-effective, yet comprehensive

Tesseract delivers a more budget-friendly compliance solution compared to many others in the market. This approach negates the need for heavy investment in both cybersecurity infrastructure and specialized staff, which often comes with a high price tag. Instead, Tesseract offers a complete package that encompasses all the necessary compliance tools and services at a substantially lower cost. This cost-effectiveness allows even smaller schools to reach the same compliance levels as larger institutions, without sacrificing quality or security.

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  • A free Risk Assessment that meets the requirements for RA.L2-3.11.1 and lays the foundation for your program
  • A preview of your System Security Plan (SSP) & Plan of Actions and Milestones (POAM)
  • An overview of the Tesseract Managed Cybersecurity Program and your path to getting & staying compliant
  • A technical design of your Tesseract program enclave
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