Higher Education institutions face a constant and growing number of sophisticated cyberattacks and with more universities moving to online learning as a result of the pandemic, the challenge is now even greater.
Universities are under more pressure than ever before to ensure the safety and privacy of students and staff from wherever they’re learning and working, whether that’s on-campus or at home. This has compounded the complexity of security and privacy management for university IT teams. Now, more than ever, universities must keep everyone secure as they’re working and learning from a range of different locations. Since many are on personal devices and distributed networks that have varying levels of protection and security, these endpoints and devices are becoming new targets for malicious attacks.
The education sector accounted for 63% of malicious attacks tracked by Microsoft intelligence making it the most affected industry by 600%. The reason the sector is so fiercely targeted is due to universities acting as a treasure trove of high value targets for cybercriminals, with everything from students personally identifiable information (PII), to extremely valuable intellectual property. Remote and hybrid learning compounds these challenges by increasing the risk of attacks.
However, using the right software can provide a wealth of helpful information to keep sensitive data secure. Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) software can provide higher education institutions with the tools they need for compliance and to keep systems safe from threats.
As many universities move towards cloud infrastructure and off-site SaaS, new SIEM tools are adapting to the cloud era and enabling universities to develop effective ways to collect, monitor and analyse cloud-based security data. As a result, you now have the option of implementing SIEM as an on-premises, cloud-based or fully in the cloud (cloud-native SaaS SIEM) solution.
What are the advantages of cloud-native SIEM?
Cloud-based SIEMs offer all the benefits of an on-premises SIEM, combined with convenience, adaptability and enhanced usability. The top benefits include:
Why is Microsoft Azure Sentinel fast becoming the SIEM solution of choice for higher education?
Azure Sentinel is a scalable, cloud-native, security information event management (SIEM) and security orchestration automated response (SOAR) solution. It delivers intelligent security analytics and threat intelligence across the enterprise, providing a single solution for alert detection, threat visibility, proactive hunting, and threat response.
There are two main reasons Azure Sentinel stands out, not only from traditional on-premises SIEM systems but also from other cloud-based systems.
As a cloud-native SIEM solution, Sentinel will also enable you to scale in response to demand and only pay for the resources you need. You’ll also find there are significant cost savings too with Microsoft stating Sentinel is 48% cheaper and 67% faster to deploy than legacy on-premises SIEMs.
How to get started with Azure Sentinel
Azure Sentinel Accelerator – If you’re keen to experience the value before you commit, why not try a PoC? Our Azure Sentinel Accelerator can provide you with a fully functioning Azure Sentinel platform ready for data to be ingested and served in as little as 2-6 weeks. Find out more here.
Azure Sentinel Managed Service – once you’re up and running with Sentinel, we can remove the burden of managing the platform yourself. With our Sentinel Managed Service we will take care of the management and integration of the platform while also providing security advice, incident remediation and real-time monitoring. Discover more here.