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Data Loss Prevention for Education

Promote a culture of information sharing while facilitating a safe and secure environment.

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Protection against data loss and data theft
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Hassle-free device control
and content filtering
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Meet compliance with industry laws and regulations

For any educational institution (schools, colleges, universities) a culture that promotes sharing of information is mandatory. However, due to the information they safeguard and control, educational facilities face the same issues as commercial enterprises when it comes to protecting data.

In today's organizations, data is saved in different locations, on different workstations (Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux) and a large mobile device fleet (Android and iOS) connecting to the internal network, therefore, a solution that covers various aspects of Data Loss Prevention and extends to Mobile Device Management becomes mandatory.

With data regarding parents, students, and alumni personal records, payment information, research data, healthcare records, and others, educational institutions need to facilitate a secure environment for students and implement data loss prevention. This also helps them to comply with government and industry regulations for all the different types of information stored.

Some of the most important rules and regulation that apply to schools, colleges, universities, and other educational institutions are:

  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
  • Health Insurance Accountability and Portability Act (HIPPA)
  • Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH)
Benefits

Endpoint Protector DLP and MDM solutions ensure compliance with industry regulations and secure sensitive data addressing the most common threats in the education sector. Students and employees records, as well as Intellectual Property, are protected against threats like intentional data theft or human error.

With no data security incidents and a safe environment for personal information and organization's data, education and its quality remain the top priority for the institution, instead of dealing with image prejudices and other negative consequences of data breaches.

Case study

University benefits from proactive protection against portable storage devices

Founded in 1457, the University of Freiburg is one of the oldest German universities and is now one of the nation’s leading research and teaching institutions. The University of Freiburg is building on the original disciplines of theology, law, medicine, and philosophy; it cherishes its mission of passing on the classical cultural heritage to new generations and continuing the southern German liberal tradition. At the same time, the university is dedicated to defining and pioneering new research areas and promoting a strategically interweaving of the natural and social sciences with the humanities.

The Challenge

Controlling and preventing the use of all portable storage devices with the possibility to allow only certain previously approved devices such as specific USB Flash Drives.

The Solution

Freiburg University began to look for ways to proactively manage the use of removable storage devices without interfering with users' productivity that use portable storage devices legitimately. The University of Freiburg chose Endpoint Protector 2008 for several reasons including accurate and granular device control, a complete audit trail of portable device use and the web-based central manageability.

The installation of Endpoint Protector Server on a Windows 2003 Server within the university's existing server infrastructure and on the protected Windows XP client systems was realized within a short timeframe with CoSoSys support engineers on standby.

Why Endpoint Protector?

  • Efficient central web-based administration
  • Complete control of all popular device types
  • Increases overall system security

Endpoint Protector overall increases the entire systems' and networks' security.

IT Administrator
Freiburg University