America is fighting a pandemic on two fronts: a physical one and a virtual one. The cybercrime pandemic began almost immediately following the rapid switch to remote learning and work due to COVID-19. The FBI notes that reported cybercrime incidents grew by 400 percent in 2019 and 2020. To make matters worse, malicious actors have been leveraging the public’s fear of COVID-19 to create targeted phishing campaigns.
Colleges and universities found themselves especially vulnerable to these attacks as they moved thousands of students, faculty and staff to a remote learning and work environment. A year after the great pivot, many colleges and universities still find themselves lacking the right IT support to protect digital classrooms and workspaces.
With VMware’s advanced endpoint protection and zero-trust solutions, however, post-secondary schools can effectively secure digital workplaces at scale.
What Does Zero Trust Mean for Higher Education?
Coined by the analyst John Kindervag in 2010, the term “zero trust” references a security model that doesn’t automatically and inherently trust devices and services within the security perimeter. Instead, zero-trust architecture requires the creation of trust across five pillars: device, user, transport/session, application and data.
While devices and users can earn trust over time through consistent asset usage and...