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In an increasingly digital world, educational institutions have embraced technology to streamline their operations. From managing student grades to storing personal information, everything has gone digital. However, this shift has also brought with it a significant challenge – the protection of student records. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of safeguarding student records and how Galaxkey can help educational institutions enhance their data security.

The Alarming Rise of Educational Data Breaches

As educational institutions transition to digital platforms, the risk of data breaches looms large. Recent statistics paint a concerning picture. Between 2005 and March 2023, the United States witnessed a staggering 2,691 educational data breaches, affecting over 31 million records. On average, each student had nearly 25 records compromised.

Minneapolis Public Schools Suffers Data Breach

In 2021, Minneapolis Public Schools faced a harrowing data breach. Hackers targeted the district and exposed over 300,000 files, including raw, intimate, and graphic data about children. It was a stark reminder of the vulnerabilities educational institutions face in the digital age.

Los Angeles Unified School District Suffers Data Breach

Just a year later, in 2022, the Los Angeles Unified School District fell victim to a cyberattack. Approximately 2,000 student assessment records ended up on the dark web, highlighting the growing threat to student data security.

Time to Upgrade Data Protection

These breaches serve as a wakeup call. The education sector accounted for 15% of all data breaches in 2020, second only to healthcare. When breaches happen, confidential student data can be misused, leading to identity theft and other malicious activities. This not only jeopardizes students but also tarnishes the reputation of institutions.

It is imperative that schools and universities upgrade their data protection mechanisms to prevent these breaches.

Galaxkey: A Platform That Ensures Security

Recognizing the escalating threat of data breaches in the education sector, the Galaxkey Platform offers a comprehensive security suite that can effectively counter these risks:

Email Encryption

Galaxkey’s Email Encryption ensures secure communication channels, making it nearly impossible for unauthorized parties to intercept sensitive information.

Managed File Transfer

This feature provides a secure environment for collaborative learning and data sharing. It enables secure, automated, and auditable file transfers between users, reducing the risk of data leaks.

Secure Files

Galaxkey’s Secure Files guarantee the integrity and confidentiality of student records, safeguarding them from unauthorized access or tampering.

Electronic Signature

With end-to-end encrypted security, Galaxkey’s Electronic Signature ensures the full power of electronic signatures while keeping sensitive information safe.

Federated Deployment

This deployment model seamlessly integrates Galaxkey’s security tools into your existing infrastructure, reducing downtime and operational disruptions while maintaining local control.

Together, these solutions constitute an impenetrable defense, ensuring that educational institutions can operate in the digital world with complete peace of mind.

The Benefits of Protecting Your Data with Galaxkey

Ensuring the security of student records with Galaxkey’s comprehensive security suite significantly enhances data protection. Each student’s personal and academic data is encrypted end-to-end, reducing the risk of unauthorized access or data mishandling. This ensures that student information, such as grades, attendance records, and personal details, remains private and secure.

Comply with Data Protection Regulations

Galaxkey’s tools are designed to meet and exceed the stringent requirements of data protection frameworks, such as FERPA. By adhering to these standards, educational institutions can avoid costly penalties and reputational damage associated with data breaches. This fosters trust among students and parents, knowing their confidential information is handled with utmost security and compliance.

Strengthen Your Reputation

When parents and students trust that their sensitive information is managed with care and stringent security measures, it improves the institution’s reputation. This perception of diligence and integrity not only enhances your relationship with your existing community but also makes your institution more appealing to prospective students. In an increasingly digital era, robust data security can set your institution apart, showcasing your commitment to privacy and data protection.

Reduce the Risk of Data Breaches

Galaxkey’s advanced encryption technology minimizes the potential for unauthorized access or data leakage. This fortifies the institution’s data infrastructure, ensuring sensitive student and staff information remains unscathed. This essential layer of protection acts as a deterrent against potential cyber threats, contributing to a safer digital environment for your educational community.

Efficiently Manage and Share Sensitive Files

Streamline the process of handling critical data, prevent unnecessary duplication, and reduce time spent searching for specific information. Secure file-sharing ensures that sensitive documents can be transferred swiftly and securely among staff members, students, or parents, while maintaining the highest standard of data protection. It ultimately enhances productivity and fosters a safe, efficient work environment.

Mission-Critical Task

Protecting student records is a mission-critical task for educational institutions. The alarming rise in data breaches serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerabilities they face in the digital age. With Galaxkey’s comprehensive security suite, institutions can safeguard student data, comply with data protection regulations, strengthen their reputation, reduce the risk of data breaches, and efficiently manage and share sensitive files.

In a world where data security is paramount, Galaxkey provides the tools and solutions needed to defend education and ensure the privacy and security of student records. Contact us today for a free demo and take the first step toward a safer digital future.

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