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Cloud Security For Education

As You Explore Ways to Shift to Remote Learning and Working, Sonrai Security Can Help Your Public Cloud Stay Protected


Technology shifts are designed to help students grow and succeed, both in the classroom and in the workforce. The cloud can serve as a force multiplier in achieving this goal, putting additional tools to enhance student learning directly into the hands of educators. Indeed, hundreds of millions of students, educators, and researchers around the world have access to education technologies and online curricula. Numerous educational initiatives have created the need to efficiently lift and shift workloads to the cloud to deliver better educational experiences and services for faculty, students, and administrative staff.

With this shift to digital education in the public cloud comes a significant concern to protect and govern data. For example, protecting student information with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or protecting personally identifiable information (PII), and there is frequently also a compliance requirement in the form of PCI DSS or other government, industry, or educational standards. These challenges make security and compliance a strategic element of educators' adoption of cloud computing.

Educational institutions can accelerate innovation for education technologies and online curricula using the public cloud without the loss of control. Leading educational institutes use Sonrai Security to protect their public cloud environments from misconfiguration, policy violations, identity and data security challenges.

Secure Sensitive Data in the Public Cloud

Legally-protected sensitive data like student assessments, staff and teachers’ files, or financial data must be protected - and Sonrai Dig can help. With Sonrai Dig for educational institutions, your organization's architecture is secure, agile, and compliant. Dig maintains privacy and confidentiality of data files by continuously monitoring database and database service access. To get immediate feedback on the health of your public cloud, Dig provides a security baseline and ‘locks’ trust relationships to your resources and data. Any downstream policy, role, or privilege change that enables undesired access will automatically generate alerts, keeping your sensitive data secure. Sonrai Dig discovers and monitors access to these critical stores and resources.

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Reduce Complexity in Your Environment

Deploying workloads into the cloud tends to quickly incorporate complex sets of microservices and serverless functions in fluid architectures that change every few minutes or seconds, creating a constantly changing security environment with thousands of pieces of compute across hundreds of roles. This complexity in identity and data access leaves your organization at risk. By reducing it, your organization can better manage its resources whether it is people, processes, policies, or compute. Sonrai Dig can decode permissions and activity of roles and identities so your organization may track permissions and monitor activity of all of these identities as they create roles, assume roles, and gain access to your data.

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Enforce Strict Compliance Regulations

Handling student information and other sensitive data in education is strictly regulated, and must be adhered to and reported. With automated tools and reporting, Sonrai Dig allows you to monitor compliance, giving continuous assurance that your organization is in compliance with regulations and standards. This minimizes risks that could lead to a data breach - and the chance that human error could lead to a gap in compliance.

Sonrai Dig gives your education organization a cloud platform posture and comes with out-of-the box compliance frameworks. Security groups with internet access or exposed ports, public buckets, encryption and audit state, access key rotation, and weak ciphers are examples of the hundreds of controls that are continuously monitored.

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AWS Checklist for 2021: Expert Advice on Security and Risk Priorities

There are many benefits to using AWS, but how do you manage security, compliance, and access risk within the AWS environment? Ignoring security gaps and relying on a single vendor dramatically increases risk, but with many cloud and security teams being asked to reduce costs in the challenging economic climate, taking a single vendor approach can be tempting. Watch this webinar to learn strategies to mitigate these risks.

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