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New Cyber Defense Solution Strengthens SBU Security

computer photoSouthwest Baptist University has expanded its strategic partnership with Dynamic Campus to include advanced cybersecurity and regulatory compliance support services for all of SBU’s physical and online campuses. 

For nearly 25 years, Dynamic Campus has been a trusted provider of technical, operational, cybersecurity, compliance, and business intelligence services for colleges and universities. By adding the Cyber Defense Solution™ from Dynamic Campus, SBU gains a comprehensive blend of cybersecurity, data protection, data privacy, and regulatory compliance services and support that provides enhanced levels of protection and risk reduction for the university and its students, faculty, and staff.

The Cyber Defense Solution from Dynamic Campus comprises the following elements:

1. North America-based Security Operations Center (SOC) and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), staffed by more than 150 information technology and security experts who scan, monitor, and assess SBU systems 24/7/365 to rapidly detect, contain, and resolve threats.

2. Vulnerability Scanning and Risk Assessment support that compares results against Dynamic Campus’ continuously expanding data set of more than 120,000 vulnerabilities based on open-source intelligence feeds and metadata from more than 4,000 customers.

3. Endpoint protection for all SBU servers, desktops, and laptops that embeds intelligent agents that proactively hunt for abnormal activity across SBU’s endpoints, using threat intelligence and customizable detections to ensure SBU’s devices and users are secure.

4. A Cybersecurity Awareness Training and Testing platform that delivers convenient, easy-to-use, online cybersecurity training for all SBU faculty and staff. The training is designed to be highly engaging and informative in a way that ensures consumption and retention of the material. The capability to simulate phishing attacks and other threats allows SBU to measure the training’s success and identify risky users or behavior.

5. Penetration testing and vulnerability analysis through an industry-leading third-party firm. During the penetration test, cybersecurity experts and “white hat” hackers simulate an attack on all SBU public-facing systems. The results are used to further strengthen the institution’s defenses and cybersecurity posture.

6. North America-based Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and cybersecurity team members from Dynamic Campus serve as SBU’s own CISO and cybersecurity office. Working alongside SBU’s IT team, the team monitors and maintains the Cyber Defense Solution to ensure hardware, endpoints, software, systems, and staff are performing seamlessly and cohesively.

“The threat of cybersecurity events and the harm they can cause to smaller universities like SBU continues to rise sharply, as do the compliance requirements for higher education as a whole,” SBU President Rick Melson, Ph.D., said. “With Dynamic Campus integrating and maintaining the Cyber Defense Solution on our behalf, executive leadership and I can be confident that we’re doing everything possible to minimize the risk of a cyber incident at our university.”

Melson added that SBU’s commitment to cybersecurity extends beyond the Dynamic Campus partnership into its academic programming, as the university offers ABET-accredited degrees in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Cybersecurity Operations and Management.

“Our Cyber Defense Solution provides the type of cybersecurity, data protection, privacy and regulatory compliance capabilities that higher education institutions require and delivers a comprehensive and streamlined way of reducing institutional risk,” said Jody Glubke, co-founder and co-CEO of Dynamic Campus. “Our solution engages best-in-class cybersecurity partners and leverages our economies of scale and reputation of success serving higher education to deliver our solutions more cost-effectively than an individual institution typically could.”