Security Awareness for Higher Education: Build a Secure Culture

The Higher Education industry is a prime target for cyber incidents. Book a meeting with a member of our team to learn how you can protect faculty, staff and students with regular security awareness training and education.

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What cybersecurity trends are indicating for higher education institutions

$3.65 million

The average cost of a data breach
in higher education.

1+ months

60% of higher education institutions took at least a month to recover after a cyber incident.


% of higher education institutions who
faced ransomware attacks.


Top security threats for colleges

In today's digital age, colleges and universities are targets for cybercriminals. By integrating a successful security awareness training program you can defend your institution's data, reduce security risk, and protect the brand. This protects personal information and academic records belonging to faculty, staff, and students. 

Security Awareness Training

How Infosec supports Higher Ed institutions

Infosec IQ provides a security awareness training platform that empowers faculty and staff with the knowledge and skills to reduce their overall cyber risk. 

We’ll help you streamline your security awareness training program by providing time-saving automations and tools. The platform offers:

  • Over 2,000+ interactive training resources in various styles, formats, themes and languages.
  • Pre-built training program plans that make launching a turnkey, engaging and effective program easy.
  • Out-of-the-box reports and dashboards that surface actionable data and show the success of your program.
  • Hands-on, in-the-moment training to reinforce cybersecurity best practices.

Streamline and meet compliance

We've created security awareness training plans that can be easily integrated into your academic calendar. These plans cover NIST-recommended cybersecurity topics and compliance subjects such as FERPA and CMMC 2.0. Your faculty and staff will receive recurring training to ensure the cyber-resilience of your institution and help you meet your training compliance goals. 

Our built-in automations make it easy for you to implement one of these training plans in just a few clicks. Our automated reports allow you to keep stakeholders informed on the progress of your program without having to lift a finger. 

Build an impactful program

At Infosec, we take great pride in providing our customers with a seamless and hassle-free experience. Right from the beginning, we work closely with you to configure your system, offer training recommendations, ensure that you understand every feature and even help you set up your training program. 

Your dedicated client success manager will serve as your security awareness training advisor by sharing best practices, benchmarks and guidance to help you build, improve outcomes and mature your training program. This includes developing, but is not limited to:

  • Strategies for launching and maintaining your program and gaining buy-in.
  • Methods for selecting the right training styles and cadence for staff, faculty and students.
  • Evaluation metrics to prove program effectiveness and training compliance.

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7 ways to build an impactful Higher Ed security awareness training program

Here are seven ways to build an impactful and lasting security awareness program for higher education:

  1. Develop a comprehensive security policy.
  2. Conduct regular, role-based security awareness training.
  3. Develop a separate security awareness program for students.
  4. Encourage faculty, staff, and students to report security incidents.
  5. Conduct regular security assessments.
  6. Ensure continuous improvement.
  7. Get buy-in from the administration.

Keatron Evans, VP of Portfolio Strategy at Infosec

Building an impactful and engaging security awareness program for higher education is essential to protect sensitive information, safeguard the reputation of the institution, and ensure the safety of faculty, staff, and students.

Case Study

How East Carolina University protects sensitive data by implementing a security awareness training

Learn how East Carolina University utilizes security awareness training to protect sensitive data 

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Higher education: Building an impactful security awareness program

Learn about higher education institutions' unique opportunities to begin or enhance their security awareness programs. This session will focus on:

  • Strategies for launching and maintaining your program and gaining buy-in
  • Methods for selecting the right training styles and cadence for staff, faculty and students
  • Evaluation metrics to prove program effectiveness
  • And more

We use Infosec IQ for phishing campaigns and training for our teachers and staff. We find a lot of our staff have not caught up with cybersecurity so having that extra line of defense and training goes far. We use it on almost everyone thats uses a computer or has access to a computer.

TrustRadius Verified User, Employee in IT at Primary/Secondary Education Company

See Infosec IQ in action

Get in touch, and a member of the Infosec team will provide you with a customized demo and answer your questions as they walk through the process.