Higher Digital Releases
Service Assesses Colleges’ and Universities’ Security Postures and Provides Continuous Improvement and Measurement
Tysons Corner, Va., October 10, 2019 – Higher Digital, the leading digital strategic advisor to higher education institutions, today announced the release of (SEA)RESULTS® Security, a new tool in its digital transformation assessment suite for colleges and universities.
(SEA)RESULTS Security helps schools simplify and prioritize resources within their cybersecurity operations. (SEA)RESULTS Security includes a security assessment that establishes institutions’ security baselines to measure continuous improvements against, while identifying strengths and opportunities for managing cybersecurity risks. The program then maps and evaluates current security controls against multiple globally accepted standards and frameworks, including those established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Following the initial assessment, Higher Digital works with colleges and universities to mitigate risks identified, optimize security operations, and help build a culture of security awareness across their organizations. The company then helps these institutions plan and prioritize a continuous improvement process, while also measuring progress along the way.
Recent reports indicate that cybersecurity attacks in the higher education space are on the rise. Earlier this year, Moody’s Investors Service issued a warning that cyber risk for higher education is increasing, while a study by IBM indicated that data breaches cost the education sector $4.77 million between 2018 and 2019.
“Higher education institutions are experiencing cybersecurity threats at an alarming rate, but to date there has been little to no security assessment standardization within colleges and universities. That’s a problem, particularly since educational institutions may not have the personnel or expertise to navigate the complexity of today’s evolving threat landscape,” said Wayne Bovier, founder and CEO of Higher Digital. “(SEA)RESULTS solves that problem by providing a standardized yet adaptive service that makes cybersecurity a part of their culture. We’re showing schools how to take control of their digital security practices so they can be better prepared for the next attack and proactively protect their institution.”
The (SEA)RESULTS platform also allows higher education institutions to anonymously benchmark their digital technology and best practices against similar institutions, enabling them to identify possible gaps. Once these risks are confirmed, Higher Digital can assist schools in implementing transformation strategies that make them more competitive in attracting and retaining students.
About Higher Digital
Higher Digital is a digital transformation service company that provides an innovative software service, (SEA)RESULTS®, as well as enterprise-wide consulting capabilities, that significantly lower the time and cost for higher education institution executives to assess, plan and measure their technology strategies. Higher Digital’s corporate headquarters is located in Tysons Corner, Virginia and the company’s European office is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. For more information, please visit higher.digital.