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What do breached credentials look like in the Higher Education sector

One of the biggest challenges security leaders in the education sector face on a day to day basis is being accountable for the security of the information held by your institution.


Protecting infrastructure and mitigating cyber risk in the educational sector is uniquely challenging for security teams when considering the multitude of conflicting demands. In higher education, the complex systems are known around the world by criminal groups to contain cutting edge research and highly valuable intellectual property, which makes you an instantly attractive target.


However, how confident are you that stolen user credentials couldn’t be used to access your corporate data?


The ramifications of a major cyber incident at educational institutions can result in financial and reputation harm, learning disruption, loss of sensitive scientific research, or even risks to personal safety. When coupled with a large and constantly rotating base of potentially technically inexperienced end users, the current pressures on cyber defenders in education could not be more demanding than it is today.


How can you protect yourself against the damage that breached credentials could cause if left unchecked?


We’ve carried out research showing the current levels of breached credentials across the higher education space in the UK.



Key statistics include:

  • Top 30 universities are up to 50% more likely to have breached credentials than any other institution in the remaining top 100

  • London universities have more breached credentials than Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland combined

Also, find out how universities with research facilities fare against those without.


Trillion removes the complexity of managing online security risk and provides simple alerts directly to the people that own the risk - you. If your employees or students’ corporate usernames and passwords have been stolen and traded online, Trillion will alert you and help you take action.


You can learn more about Trillion Breached Credentials by requesting a demo here.


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