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With Growing Cyber Threats to Educational Institutions, CynergisTek Identifies New Opportunities

Remote learning, contact tracing, and threats to academic research make cybersecurity essential to university operations

CynergisTek, a leading cybersecurity firm helping organizations in highly regulated industries navigate emerging security and privacy issues, announced that demand for its cybersecurity and privacy consulting services outside of the company’s traditional customer base continues to increase.

Ball State University, located in Muncie, Indiana, signed a managed services agreement with CynergisTek to help implement security and privacy best practices. “Now more than ever and because of how the Covid-19 pandemic has changed how we are collecting and maintaining information, the university is taking a proactive approach to creating a stronger cyber-defense, cyber-hygiene, and protection of student, staff, partners and research participant data,” says Loren Malm, CIO at Ball State University.

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CynergisTek’s cybersecurity managed services program supports universities and businesses in regulated industries that collect personal identifiable information (PII) by assessing risk to the organization, building a risk management program using best practices, and if needed develop response playbooks should an organization’s infrastructure be compromised.

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“Academic research along with contact tracing has universities generating volumes of private health and location data like never before. As many of our clients are academic medical centers, it positioned the company well as educational institutions partner with us to assess, build, manage and validate the effectiveness of a security program,” says Caleb Barlow, CEO and president at CynergisTek. Mr. Barlow goes on to say, “CynergisTek was born in healthcare, meaning we deeply understand highly regulated industries and the strategy we laid out to diversify and expand our expertise into adjacent markets supports the growth and demand we’re seeing outside of the healthcare provider space.”

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