How to be the superhero who protects your schools from cyber attacks
 

How to be the superhero who protects your schools from cyber attacks

Your schools have a bullseye on them, and bad guys are taking their shots.

The global education sector has seen a 20% increase in cyber-attacks as criminals exploit newly implemented virtual learning environments. Threats range from nuisance adware to severe malware like trojans and backdoors, but the most common, by far, is ransomware. The education sector was the most affected by ransomware of all business sectors in 2018 and ’19, according to a report from Malwarebytes Labs. 

Schools have become enticing targets for attackers because they store personal information on students and teachers, and security updates often aren’t installed on remote devices that have been loaned out for remote learning. Furthermore, students and teachers are frequent victims of phishing scams. They typically use simple passwords across multiple services, making them susceptible to credential harvesting and password-spraying attacks.

These remote devices also connect to other networks with regularity, giving the hacker access to those systems. For instance, when students connect with their home networks, they’re opening the door for hackers to enter and steal private data such as bank account numbers and sensitive documents.

When hackers infiltrate your devices, they lock them up so they can’t be used for learning. Suddenly, the capacity to simply teach students is held hostage to hackers.
Preventing these attacks is difficult because schools have so many different devices. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of those devices have been loaned out to teachers and students, so maintaining control over them is difficult. Your IT team probably has limited staff and doesn’t have the visibility it needs into your attack surface, including cloud-based technologies and remote endpoints, to adequately protect them against threats like ransomware. 

But all is not hopeless. Like a comic-book superhero who fights off the bad guy before the villain has a chance to steal the money, SentinelOne can defeat intruders before they hijack your devices. SentinelOne enables your school to automatically detect and manage devices as they join your network, with no hardware or network changes, and extends protection and control to cloud-based assets and applications running on them.

That’s why Lenovo pre-enables SentinelOne on all our best-in-class laptops, desktops, and Chromebooks, so that you can ensure a seamless and engaging experience for students whether they’re learning face-to-face or remotely.

Visibility into your entire IT surface

SentinelOne is the only cybersecurity solution encompassing AI-powered prevention, detection, response, and hunting across endpoints and cloud workloads in a single autonomous platform. It gives your IT team full transparency into everything happening across the network at machine speed so that you can defeat every attack at every stage of the threat lifecycle.

By autonomously detecting and responding to attacks, SentinelOne helps mitigate a lack of human resources. This helps focus the attention of your busy IT team on the most severe and impactful security issues.

The source of a ransomware attack may likely be contained in an infected file sent via email. In such cases, SentinelOne’s endpoint detection and response (EDR) system identifies the file as soon as it tries to install itself on the endpoint, disables it, and deletes it from all endpoints across the school system. 

If an attacker successfully infiltrates a device, SentinelOne can rollback the device to a healthy state, including decrypting encrypted files. 

The SentinelOne Singularity security platform includes: 

  • Singularity Core, the entry-level endpoint security product for schools that want to replace their antivirus solution with an endpoint protection platform that is more effective and easier to manage. 
  • Singularity Control is for schools that want the additional “security suite” features for endpoint management. 
  • Singularity Complete is for schools that need modern endpoint protection and control plus advanced EDR features. 
  • Singularity Ranger adds network visibility and control for IoT devices, including those currently unmanaged, and Singularity Cloud provides automated application control for cloud-based workloads.

That’s just a hint of Singularity’s capabilities. Request a demo to experience this robust solution.

Heroic defense awaits

Getting this endpoint protection technology for attack surface visibility and control of your Lenovo devices is simple: the platform is integrated into our ThinkShield end-to-end security portfolio.

ThinkShield offers automated and intelligent solutions to help device administrators and end-users secure data against cyber-attacks. SentinelOne strengthens that protection to superhero levels.

Visit the Lenovo website to learn more about how SentinelOne on Lenovo devices can benefit your schools.

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