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Higher Education has been identified as a sector of concern by the UK National Cyber Security Centre and is faced with many unique challenges. These range from onboarding 10’s of thousands of new staff and students each year – all of which need secure credential management and training – to managing the free flow of information required by academics with secure processes and practices. The Covid lockdowns highlighted just how important the digital estate of a university has become to business continuity.

At Talion, we have invested heavily in understanding this unique cybersecurity ecosystem, and we’ve developed a hybrid approach that allows HE institutions to have real input into how to use their cybersecurity budgets in the most effective way.

82% of Higher Education institutions missed out on identifying unauthorised access of files and networks by students in the past 12 months.

We provide cyber security for…

Universities.

We ensure the specific security needs of educational institutions are met.

At Talion, our considerable investment in understanding the challenges of the Higher Education sector has resulted in us working with some of the world’s leading universities to re-shape the future.

We’re honoured to have Professor Madeline Carr of Global Politics & Cyber Security as a board member. Madeline not only acts as a primary point of leadership, but provides us with strategic insight from her extended research at UCL into cyber security in the HE sector.

As a result, we can share actionable advice and relevant resources to best serve our customers in Higher Education. We understand your challenges and we’re keen to work collaboratively to support you.

Working in partnership with UCISA.

 

 

We’ve chosen to partner with UCISA – a member led organisation for digital practitioners at UK universities.

UCISA brings people together to share common challenges and best practice within Higher Education, helping individuals transform teaching, learning and research through the power of digital.

This partnership has been central to our commitment at Talion to deeply understand the cyber security struggles of Higher Education and become a trusted brand within the network, sharing and gaining valuable insight. Using the knowledge gained from this partnership, we have been able to work closely with the HE sector to better serve our customers, and we look forward to continuing to strengthen this relationship.

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“We’ve seen a significant increase in attacks on UK Higher Education over the past few years, and it’s clear that more needs to be done to coordinate threat intelligence in this sector. We’ve got people holding back a tidal wave of malicious actors with a swiss army knife. They need more support.”

 

– Madeline Carr, Professor of Global Politics & Cyber Security at UCL

 

What Cyber Security Challenges does your University face?

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6 Unique Cyber Security Challenges in Higher Education

Professor Madeline Carr at UCL shares the top 6 security challenges she's highlighted when working collaboratively with her research team, the NCSC and UCISA, from budgetary constraints, to lack of communication and support.

Cyber Threat Analysis for Higher Education

Every quarter we release a Cyber Threat Analysis Report with notable events, threats & statistics that emerged across the Higher Education cyber landscape and what you can do about it. Receive a complimentary copy from last quarter below.

Threat Set Radio - Higher Education Episode

This special podcast episode, hosted by Talion's in-house Threat Intelligence team, covers some of the specific threats Higher Education is facing, from BotNet, to the Log4Shell exploit, to recent ransomware attacks.

OSINTGlass Service

We offer a personalised OSINT report tailored to your university, highlighting your online footprint and key risks. Plus, expert advice on reducing your risk exposure.

6 Unique Cyber Security Challenges in Higher Education

Professor Madeline Carr at UCL shares the top 6 security challenges she's highlighted when working collaboratively with her research team, the NCSC and UCISA, from budgetary constraints, to lack of communication and support.

Cyber Threat Analysis for Higher Education

Every quarter we release a Cyber Threat Analysis Report with notable events, threats & statistics that emerged across the Higher Education cyber landscape and what you can do about it. Receive a complimentary copy from last quarter below.

Threat Set Radio - Higher Education Episode

This special podcast episode, hosted by Talion's in-house Threat Intelligence team, covers some of the specific threats Higher Education is facing, from BotNet, to the Log4Shell exploit, to recent ransomware attacks.

OSINTGlass Service

We offer a personalised OSINT report tailored to your university, highlighting your online footprint and key risks. Plus, expert advice on reducing your risk exposure.

Why Talion?

We provide all the tools, people, and processes to monitor and detect attacks before real damage is done.

Automate remediation

Quickly remove devices or systems from the network before they can cause damage.

Investigate & detect threats rapidly

Network traffic analysis improves network traffic visibility and in turn delivers rapid investigation and threat detection.

Understand your threat coverage

Our proprietary Threat Coverage Modelling enables customers to understand their security monitoring coverage in the context of the methods a cyber attacker would use.

Expose new threats

Using our data lake capabilities and our analysts skilled knowledge of how threat actors work we can perform automated and manual threat hunts across our entire data set.

Detect anomalous user behaviour fast

User and Entity Behaviour Analytics (UEBA) utilises machine learning and artificial intelligence to detect anomalous user behaviour that may pose an insider threat.

Understand the threat of high-risk insiders

Enhanced user monitoring detects the threats posed by high-risk insiders.

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Threat Coverage Modelling

Talion’s TCM tool provides our clients with a view of how well their security monitoring aligns to the MITRE ATT&CK framework. TCM provides a coverage map for hundreds of threat actors or malware, including hundreds of techniques and sub-techniques—from types of scripts/shells to services exploited and evasion methods. Threat coverage is not a black and white exercise so we tell you to what degree you are covered, usually as a percentage, the TCM tool is then used on an ongoing basis to assess and improve your threat coverage.

TCM’s MITRE ATT&CK focus allows security teams to make informed decisions which are objective and independent of a security vendor’s view.

TCM provides security teams with a touchstone for establishing and defining an effective protection and monitoring strategy. By mapping the MITRE ATT&CK framework, attacks and sources customers can identify the most common techniques and use these as a basis to define protective moniitoring improvements or to validate the moniroting they have in place at any point in time. TCM focusses on the latest tactics, techniques and procedures used by attackers meaning that Talion’s customers can

  • improve their monitoring, detection and response capability
  • ensure they invest more effectively and protect their businesses against the threats that matter
Threat Hunting

Threat Hunting is the practice of proactively searching for threats on a network by detecting anomalies in normal user and network behaviour. This approach to cyber security is driven by the premise that it is impossible to prevent every single intrusion on a client’s estate. This approach drives the two main objectives for Threat Hunting:

1. Identify previously unknown or ongoing threats

2. Gain a deeper understanding of the client’s technical landscape to provide additional security value

Using our Azure based data lake capabilities and our analysts skilled knowledge of how threat actors work we can perform automated and manual threat hunts across entire data sets. Threat Hunting is designed to complement our existing monitoring services.

Enhanced User Monitoring

Talion’s Enhanced User Monitoring (EUM) service is a flexible service that monitors threats from employees and end users who may pose a particular risk to the business. The EUM service provides custom detection content from Talion to detect atypical user behaviour of User Entities of Interest. Where possible the Custom Detection Content is mapped and referenced to the MITRE ATT&CK Framework.

The EUM service is designed to provide enhanced user monitoring for two types of user:

  • Insider Threat Group – Users who pose a threat due to their employment situation.
  • Critical Users Group – Heightened monitoring for important employees who hold positions of power, influence or knowledge within the organisation or are working in high-risk environments.
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