Identity Brings Balance to Higher Education

According to EDUCAUSE, higher education leaders have named information security their top concern 
for the third consecutive year.

With ongoing data breaches and increasing regulatory pressure to preserve data privacy, higher education must achieve security while ensuring reasonable freedom of access to applications and data.

Educational institutions need a comprehensive, intelligent, identity governance solution to help protect applications, systems and highly-sensitive data stored in files.

Learn Why Identity Matters to Higher Ed

SailPoint will be exhibiting at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Denver, to discuss how a comprehensive, intelligent identity solution can help your institution balance security with an open collaborative culture.

Visit us at booth #159, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2.

Higher Education at Risk

Colleges and universities house a variety of sensitive, personal information, including financial data. Because of this, they are subject to several regulations and the target of an increasing number of threats.

  • EdTech reported the number of breaches within the education sector more than doubled between the second half of 2016 and first half of 2017.
  • The 118 successful attacks on educational institutions during the first half of 2017 accounted for 13% of all reported breaches, with only financial and healthcare sectors experiencing more.

Broad Implications of Identity

Identity governance enables and secures digital identities for all users, applications and data. It achieves this by helping institutions identify who currently has access, who should have access, and how access is being used. Ultimately, identity governance improves security and privacy by defining and enforcing access policies. It helps maintain regulatory compliance through periodic reviews of user access rights. Furthermore, it enhances the user experience through self-service access and automated provisioning.

The Effects of Underutilizing Identity in Higher Education


How Harvard University Applies Identity to Empower Education


In an open and collaborative culture, privacy
and security cannot interfere with the reasonable freedom of access to information. Without balance, higher education will struggle to deliver access to a large, dynamic and diverse audience.

Three Ways Identity Empowers Higher Education

Educational institutions face the daunting task of striking the perfect balance between delivering secure access to a variety of information systems for diverse users, and maintaining open collaboration. This juxtaposition creates a challenging IT environment. SailPoint’s modern identity governance platform balances the need for both by enabling educational institutions to achieve the following:

Increase efficiency
and improve the
user experience

Mitigate risk for
data breaches

Stay ahead of increasing
and evolving regulatory

Balance security and open culture with identity book

Balance Security and
Open Collaboration
with Identity


Success Story:
Norwich University

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See How SailPoint Can Help

We’d love to talk about your identity challenges and show how SailPoint’s identity solutions can address them.