Penetration Testing for Higher education
Limiting Unauthorized Insider Activities
For almost as long as IT systems have been an element of the educational environment, institutions have been forced to deal with the potential for unauthorized or inappropriate use of those resources by individuals seeking to advance their own interests (ex. change their grades or manipulate admissions) or to disrupt operations (take online resources offline). In addition to individuals merely attempting to boost their marks or gain access to testing materials ahead of time, organizations must also worry today about insider data theft, research-thieving espionage and other nefarious activities that could carried out by insiders ranging from students to operational staffers and business partners.
Incorporating more frequent, consistent penetration testing into their IT security programs can allow educational institutions to limit the opportunity for insider attacks by:
- Understanding how multiple vulnerabilities could be used in concert by attackers to find inroads to sensitive resources.
- Ensuring that access management solutions are in place and working correctly to authenticate user-based controls.
- Validating that other defensive IT security mechanisms are functioning properly to prevent malicious behaviors.
- Testing against privilege escalation attacks through which assailants seek to access protected data and assets.
- Conducting internal social engineering assessments to raise awareness of existing security policies.
Learn how conducting penetration testing at educational institutions can help you to: