Implementing Top-Down Strategies for IHE Cybersecurity Challenges

Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) face unique cybersecurity challenges amidst compounding complexities. Balancing strengthened cybersecurity with the open academic environment’s information sharing, accommodating diverse IT network missions, and managing growing compliance demands at state and federal levels are just some of the industry’s key hurdles.

RMF for Higher Education

Any institution engaged in research and development for the DoD must comply with the DoD Risk Management Framework (RMF) based on NIST, which requires an Authority to Operate (ATO) for IT systems. SecureStrux streamlines this authorization process, ensuring efficient ATO attainment.

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RMF for Higher Education

SIPRNet for Higher Education

Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) engaged in DoD research require SIPRNet access for cutting-edge studies and projects. SecureStrux provides tailored solutions for seamless SIPRNet compliance, empowering institutions to excel in groundbreaking research initiatives.

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CMMC for Higher Education

SecureStrux specializes in guiding higher education and research institutions—including Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFDRCs) and University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs)—through CMMC compliance for Department of Defense-related activities, enhancing their cybersecurity to meet DoD standards.

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GLBA and Institutions of Higher Education

Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) are obligated to protect student financial aid information under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), overseen by the Department of Education (DE) and Federal Student Aid (FSA). This is crucial to the seamless administration of Title IV federal financial aid programs. Each institution participating in these programs must adhere to the GLBA Safeguards Rule as part of their Program Participation Agreement. SecureStrux specializes in helping educational institutions comply with GLBA, ensuring strong safeguards for sensitive financial aid information.

Empowering Universities

Cost-Effective and Rewarding Partnership

Partner with SecureStrux for expert support in navigating cybersecurity and compliance challenges. Our seasoned professionals collaborate to understand, prioritize, and manage cybersecurity needs aligned with your university’s business, academic, and research goals. We address current issues and prepare for future challenges, supporting the vital work conducted by institutes of higher learning.

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Our Process

Walking you through your compliance requirements, especially meeting multiple regulatory mandates, is our specialty. Compliance is a large undertaking that takes in-depth analysis, strategic planning, implementation, and continuous monitoring. Following our three-pillar approach, SecureStrux will guide you to compliance.


Discovery and Gap Analysis


Technical and Non-technical Remediation


Continuous compliance monitoring

The State of Higher Education

Interested in learning more about cybersecurity and Higher Education? Visit the Cyber Advisory Center to explore our resources.

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