Flashpoint has released its K-12 risk management and security offering to provide school boards and education security practitioners with tools to identify, prevent, and manage cyber and physical threats.
The threat, vulnerability and risk intelligence company notes that threat actors are increasingly attacking schools with ransomware and DDoS attacks, leaving school systems the victims of data breaches and email-compromising programs.
This results in devastating consequences for K-12 activities in the US, along with teachers, students, parents and suppliers.
“Schools are increasingly faced with a confluence of cyber and physical threats that must be addressed holistically,” said Steve Cooperman, Flashpoint’s vice president of sales, global public sector.
“Flashpoint is the only unified threat intelligence solution that can quickly help schools better protect their students and staff, both cyber and physical, reducing risk everywhere.
“Our K-12 risk management and security solutions are specifically designed to address the unique threats facing school boards across the country, costing taxpayers millions of dollars and far too often endangering the livelihoods of students, parents and school staff. bring.”
To counter this, Flashpoint has partnered with leading US school systems to provide its new K-12 offering.
Ransomware Readiness and Response
Flashpoint notes that K-12 schools are often targeted by ransomware groups that disrupt network and communications systems and encrypt sensitive information such as the personal and financial information of students, their families and school employees in exchange for ransom.
Flashpoint’s latest offering helps K-12 schools quickly identify how widespread an attack is in the case of cyber extortion and implement a response plan to mitigate its impact.
The company notes that as part of any organization’s overall risk landscape, plans and policies must be tested to ensure they are ready if an attack occurs and to address it, Flashpoint works with schools to create contingencies such as setting up a process to ensure that payments can be made safely and quickly.
Brand exposure protection and domain monitoring
Flashpoint’s offerings can also be used to identify fake or duplicate social media accounts that may be targeting a K-12 school’s name and brand, as well as eliminate threats, including typosquatting, so users can take action through removal services.
In addition, the Flashpoint Intelligence Platform also provides insight into whether the brand is being impersonated through logo detection via Optical-Character Recognition (OCR) and machine learning technology.
Prevent Account Takeover (ATO)
Flashpoint’s Intelligence Platform helps school risk management and security teams find school-affiliated email credentials that have been exposed and identify whether or not they are being sold within illegal communities on the deep and dark web (DDW).
It also provides schools with the ability to flag these accounts, reset passwords, and restrict permissions to prevent cybercriminals from accessing sensitive data while reducing the risk of ATO.
Coordination with law enforcement
This offering helps schools introduce a set of standard operating procedures into their risk remediation program, including knowing when and how to engage law enforcement quickly and effectively in a scenario that requires such a level of response.
Threat actor monitoring and intelligence
The company also helps schools quickly identify groups of threat actors that are actively using stolen data or engaged in malicious activity against assets, personnel or the community and helps risk management security teams easily understand the key context surrounding threat actors such as affiliates. , history and tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs), which can lead to DDoS attacks, Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams, and other potentially malicious programs.
Flashpoint’s offerings enable schools to set custom alerts, prioritize and quickly manage security vulnerabilities, and prepare for the future.
Vulnerability information and prioritization
The company provides education security professionals with comprehensive information about vulnerabilities, including more than 93,000 vulnerabilities not found in the CVE and NVD.
The VulnDB offering allows schools to receive notifications of newly revealed vulnerabilities in their software ecosystem about two weeks faster than the public source.
Combining this with enriched metadata, security professionals can use VulnDB to identify, prioritize, and remediate the vulnerabilities that could pose the greatest threat to their data, assets, and infrastructure.
Flashpoint’s new cyber and physical security intelligence solutions for K-12 schools are available immediately.