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Endpoint Security for Educational Institutions

Protecting Student Data and Reputation

Schools and school districts are data gold mines to cybercriminals as they grow their stockpile of confidential data every year with every new student and employee that enters the school system. These hackers are after information like salaries, bank account numbers, and Personally Identifiable Information (PII). School districts risk jeopardizing the data, safety, and reputation of students, employees, and the district by not taking the initiative to build a reliable cyber defense strategy.

Cybersecurity in Schools: Why Are Cyberattacks Increasing?

A more significant contributing factor to cyberattacks in education stems from school districts giving students and teachers their own take-home devices, which skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students and teachers took devices home, to the library, or even to a coffee shop with public Wi-Fi to conduct work. This disbursement of vulnerable endpoints to potentially unsecured networks increases a school's surface area of attack. If a device were to become infected off-premises and then brought back to the school, the malware it now carries can jump from the device to the school's network infrastructure. This ultimately can cause an unknown data breach or even a ransomware attack.

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Providing Zero Trust Cybersecurity for Educational Institutions

ThreatLocker® Zero Trust Endpoint Protection Platform allows schools and school districts to get enterprise-level application whitelisting without the need to spend vast amounts of resources in managing those whitelists. The management overhead is minimal that it can have a net reduction of management time. Managing changes to the allowlist can be minutes in the monthly operations of the school servers and desktops.

ThreatLocker® Allowlisting gives organizations the control to block all nonessential applications from running on their endpoints by default. When students and employees connect their devices to an unsecured network, ThreatLocker® Network Control can close network ports on each endpoint within a school's network to prevent the insertion and spread of malware.

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Providing Protection & Earning Trust

ThreatLocker® has allowed us to provide our clients with genuine security and gives us peace of mind.
Marc Caruso
We can sleep easier knowing viruses aren't installing things, employees aren't installing things, and nothing is running without someone getting an alert and having eyes on it and approving it.
Nicholas DeFrancesco
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ThreatLocker® is very easy to use. Most things are intuitive but when I need help the Cyber Heroes send me a quick tutorial video that solves the problem easily.
Chris S.

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Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity

Unlike antivirus or traditional EDR, ThreatLocker® Allowlisting solution puts you in control of what software, scripts, executables, and libraries can run on your endpoints and servers. This approach stops not only malicious software in its tracks but also stops other unpermitted applications from running. This process greatly minimizes cyber threats and other rogue applications from running on your network.

Preventing the Weaponization of Legitimate Tools

Normally, applications have access to all the same data as the end user. If an application is absolutely necessary, ThreatLocker® Ringfencing™ can implement Zero Trust controls comparable to, but more granular than, traditional application containment toolsThreatLocker® Ringfencing™ controls what applications are able to do once they are running. By limiting how software can interact on your devices, ThreatLocker® can reduce the likelihood of an exploit being successful or an attacker weaponizing legitimate tools such as PowerShell. These controls can prevent applications from interacting with another application, your files, data, or the internet.

Limiting Application Hopping for Administrators

Elevation Control puts IT administrators in the driver’s seat, enabling them to control specific applications that can run as a local admin without giving users local admin rights. With applications such as QuickBooks that need to run with local admin access, elevation control can limit that access without impacting operational workflow, which can prevent the further spread of an attack, like application hopping, in case there is a breach in the endpoint.

Control Over Storage Devices and Data Access

ThreatLocker® Storage Control provides policy-driven control over storage devices, whether the storage device is a local folder, a network share, or external storage such as a USB drive. Storage Control allows you to set granular policies, such as blocking USB drives or blocking access to your backup share except when your backup application is accessed.