TelcoNews New Zealand logo
Telecommunications technology news for New Zealand's largest enterprises
Story image

Flashpoint unveils security offering for school boards

By Zach Thompson
Mon 20 Jun 2022

Flashpoint has released its K-12 risk management and security offering to provide school boards and education security practitioners with tools to recognise, prevent and manage cyber and physical threats.

The threat, vulnerability and risk intelligence company notes that threat actors are increasingly targeting schools with ransomware and DDoS attacks, causing school systems to become the victims of data breaches and email compromise schemes.

This results in devastating impacts on K-12 operations across the US, along with teachers, students, parents and vendors.

“Schools increasingly are facing a confluence of cyber and physical threats that have to be addressed holistically,” Flashpoint global public sector sales vice president Steve Cooperman says.

“Flashpoint is the only joint threat intelligence solution that can quickly help schools better protect their students and personnel in both the cyber and physical realms, reducing risk everywhere.

“Our K-12 risk management and security solutions are specifically designed to address the unique threats facing school boards nationwide, which cost taxpayers millions of dollars and far too often put the livelihoods of students, parents, and school personnel at risk.”

To combat this, Flashpoint is partnering with leading school systems in the US to provide its new K-12 offerings.

These include:

Ransomware readiness and response

Flashpoint notes that K-12 schools are often targeted by ransomware groups who disrupt network and communication systems and encrypt sensitive information such as the personal and financial data of students, their families and school employees in exchange for a ransom payment.

Flashpoint’s latest offerings assist K-12 schools in quickly identifying how widespread an attack is in the event of cyber extortion and implementing a response plan to mitigate the impact.

The company notes that as part of any organisation’s overall risk landscape, plans and policies have to be tested to ensure their readiness if an attack is to take place and to address this, Flashpoint works with schools to create contingencies such as establishing a process to ensure payments can be made securely and quickly.

Brand exposure protection and domain monitoring

Flashpoint’s offerings can also be used to identify fake or duplicate social media accounts that may be targeting a K-12 school’s name and brand and also help to eliminate threats including typosquatting, enabling users to take action through takedown services.

In addition, the Flashpoint Intelligence Platform also offers insight into whether the brand is being impersonated through logo detection via Optical-Character Recognition (OCR) and machine learning technology.

Preventing account takeover (ATO)

Flashpoint’s Intelligence Platform helps school risk management and security teams find school-affiliated email credentials that have been exposed and identify whether or not they’re being sold within illicit communities across the deep and dark web (DDW).

It also affords schools the ability to flag these accounts, reset passwords, and restrict permissions to prevent threat actors from accessing sensitive data while mitigating the risk of ATO.

Coordination with law enforcement

These offerings assist schools in introducing a range of standard operating procedures into their risk remediation program, including knowing when and how to involve law enforcement quickly and effectively in a scenario requiring that level of response.

Threat actor monitoring and intelligence

Further, the company helps schools to rapidly identify threat actor groups that are actively using stolen data or involved in malicious activity against assets, personnel, or the community and helps risk management security teams to easily understand the most important context surrounding threat actors such as affiliates, history, and tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs), which can result in DDoS attacks, Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams, and other potentially detrimental schemes.

Flashpoint’s offerings enable schools to set up custom alerts, prioritise remediating security issues and managing them promptly, and prepare for the future.

Vulnerability intelligence and prioritisation

The company gives schools education security professionals with comprehensive vulnerability intelligence, including over 93,000 vulnerabilities that cannot be found in the CVE and NVD.

Its VulnDB offering allows schools to receive alerts of newly disclosed vulnerabilities in their software ecosystem approximately two weeks faster than the public source.

Combining this with enriched metadata means security professionals can use VulnDB to recognise, prioritise, and remediate the vulnerabilities that may pose the biggest threat to their data, assets and infrastructure.

Flashpoint’s new cyber and physical security intelligence solutions for K-12 schools are available immediately.

Related stories
Top stories
Story image
Telecommunications
WiFi as a Service market to reach $26 billion through 2032
As a result of the easy management of wireless infrastructure over cloud services, WaaS is experiencing rapid growth.
Story image
Southern Cross Cable
Southern Cross Cable launches the SX NEXT cable to connect NZ to the world
The new Southern Cross NEXT fibre cable (SX NEXT) is set to connect Australasia to the US and further enhance connectivity between New Zealand, Australia, and the US.
Story image
ABI Research
NaaS market expected to reach $150B by 2030 - research
"The market is immature and fragmented, but telco market revenue will exceed US$75 billion by 2030 if they act now and transform to align with requirements."
Story image
Internet of Things
Large enterprises propel 5G industrial IoT market
Large enterprises are propelling the 5G industrial Internet of Things market, according to a recently published report from Future Market Insights.
Story image
Phishing
Online identity theft is rising in NZ - here’s what to do about it
It may start with a few stolen details online, but it could end with thousands of dollars missing or worse, a reputation down the drain.
Story image
Exclusive Networks
Exclusive Networks strengthens NZ ops with appointment of Danny Meadows
Danny Meadows has been named as Exclusive Networks new country manager for New Zealand and Pacific Islands.
Story image
Electricity
Canstar finds Flick Electric NZ’s favourite provider
Canstar’s annual research to find New Zealand’s favourite electricity provider reveals Flick Electric has come out on top.
Story image
Design
Hands-on review: Samsung S22 Ultra
I have been impressed by the functions Samsung packed into this phone. I did actually make one phone call on this phone, in between trying out as many of its other uses that I could pack in.
Story image
Infrastructure
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure expands distributed cloud services
“Distributed cloud is the next evolution of cloud computing, and provides customers with more flexibility and control in how they deploy cloud resources."
Story image
IDTechEx
The next stage for 5G in thermal materials - IDTechEx
IDTechEx says higher frequency deployments, such as mmWave devices and very different station types such as small cells, present their own technological evolution and, with it, thermal challenges. 
Story image
Orbital Insight
Orbital Insight solution set to drive better data-driven decisions
The company says the new Site Intelligence solution will provide granular visibility, behaviour analytics and deep insights about customers and competitors at any location. 
Story image
Broadband
Mercury launches broadband and fibre packages for NZ customers
Mercury has officially launched Mercury Broadband, giving its electricity and gas customers the ability to add fibre to their existing Mercury account.
Story image
Microsoft
SMX partnership with Microsoft leads to NTT recognition
SMX has captured the attention of NTT after receiving positive reviews from businesses across Australasia and beyond for its email security.
Story image
Christchurch
Enable launches free Wi-Fi in Christchurch city centre
Fibre broadband provider, Enable, and the Christchurch City Council have launched their new Christchurch Free Wi-Fi service in the central city. 
Story image
Robotic Process Automation / RPA
Automated Guided Vehicles at seaports to grow 26% by 2027
ABI Research says the global use of Automated Guided Vehicles in seaports will exceed 150,000 deployments by 2027. Port authorities are also looking into 5G private networks.
Story image
Privacy Commissioner
Aotearoa gets a new Privacy Commissioner: Michael Webster replaces John Edwards
Michael Webster, who is currently the Secretary of the Cabinet, will step into the Privacy Commissioner role on 5 July 2022.
Story image
Infrastructure
Global investment in data centers more than doubled in 2021
DLA Piper's latest global survey finds the total investment in data center infrastructure worldwide rose from USD $24.4 billion in 2020 to USD $53.8 billion in 2021.
Story image
Migration
Vodafone NZ completes SAP cloud solutions migration after eight months
Vodafone has completed its migration to SAP cloud solutions, yielding rapid new advancements for the company.
Story image
N4L
N4L, Spark, Chorus partner for Hyperfibre school upgrade
Networks for Learning (N4L) has partnered with Spark and Chorus to upgrade Wellington College to Hyperfibre, fostering stronger outcomes for students and teachers.
Story image
Cloud
Kacific launches mobile app for Gigstarter end-users
The new app will be available across 25 markets and Kacific says it will help ISPs and KADs value and understand their customers better.
Story image
Dark web
Cybercrime in Aotearoa: How does New Zealand law define it?
‘Cybercrime’ is a term we hear all the time, but what exactly is it, and how does New Zealand define it in legal terms?
Story image
Broadband
Most NZ broadband can deliver four HD Netflix streams at the same time
Measuring Broadband New Zealand's latest report shows 99% of Fibre 300, Fibre Max, and HFC Max plans can handle four simultaneous high-definition Netflix streams.
Story image
Cloud
Apple brings redesigned MacBook Air and updated MacBook Pro to market
Apple has introduced a redesigned MacBook Air and an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro, both powered by the new M2 chip.
Story image
Cloud
Cisco Live showcases new offerings in its first hybrid event
Cisco Live 2022 has seen Cisco executives and customers take the stage to present a range of discussions in the company’s first-ever hybrid event.
Story image
NEC Corporation
Experimental 6G trials begin with NEC, DOCOMO AND NTT
NEC Corporation is collaborating with NTT DOCOMO and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation on sixth-generation mobile communication system experimental trials.
Story image
CSG
To win at 5G, telcos must tame their quoting chaos
The catalogs of CSP (communication service providers) market offerings are set to explode as new digital services emerge, powered by B2B2X business models.
Story image
Internet of Things
ManageEngine wins big in IDC MarketScape assessment
ManageEngine's Endpoint Central service has been recognised as a leader by IDC MarketScape in several categories including Internet of Things device deployments and UEM software for SMEs.
Story image
INTERPOL
Hundreds arrested, millions seized in global INTERPOL investigation
A two-month-long investigation by INTERPOL this year involved 76 countries and clamped down on organised crime groups behind telecommunications and social engineering scams.
Story image
Data Protection
How secure is accounting software data in Aotearoa?
A recent Xero study found ICT spending for NZ businesses has increased 25% compared to pre-pandemic levels, so how safe is accounting software?
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Siemens expands NVIDIA partnership for industrial metaverse
Siemens is expanding its partnership with NVIDIA to enable the industrial metaverse and increase the use of AI-driven digital twin technology.
Story image
Liquidation
Longstanding Kiwi field service contractor Indeserve in liquidation
IndeServe, a longstanding local service contractor that has worked with companies including IBM, Fujitsu and Datacom, has voluntarily filed for liquidation.
Story image
Cybersecurity
The link between cybersecurity, extremist threat and misinformation online in Aotearoa
Long story short, it's often the case that misinformation, threat and extremism link closely to cybersecurity issues and cyber harm.
Story image
Secure access service edge / SASE
Cisco unveils new cloud-managed networking offerings
Cisco has announced new cloud management capabilities that offer a unified experience across the Cisco Meraki, Cisco Catalyst and Cisco Nexus portfolios.
Story image
Customer experience
Slingshot partners with Open for single-bill insurance
Slingshot has announced a new partnership with Open that will see house, contents, and landlords’ insurance as well as energy, mobile and broadband delivered on a single bill.
Story image
Electrical
Up to $2.4 million shortfall in the collapse of IndeServe
We delve into the liquidators first report on long-standing networking service provider IndeServes collapse.
Story image
Open XR
Juniper Networks, Sumitomo Electric, Arrcus join Open XR forum
Building a robust multi-vendor ecosystem is essential to enable network operators to achieve increased network capabilities provided by XR optics technology.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Unknown connections: How safe is public WiFi in Aotearoa?
If it's not your own household WiFi, then who has control of your data and is your connection actually safe?
Story image
Internet of Things
Global 5G subscriptions to top one billion by the end of 2022
Global 5G subscriptions are predicted to pass the one billion milestone by the end of 2022, according to a new report.
Story image
Cloud
BT builds on Equinix partnership with new cloud offering
BT has launched a next-generation cloud connectivity offering extending its global network into strategic carrier-neutral facilities (CNFs) and building on its existing partnership with Equinix.
Story image
Revenue
Datacom announces revenue of $1.45 billion, fall in profit
Growing market pressures and border closures saw Datacom place increased focus on talent development initiatives for both existing and future employees.
Story image
Innovation
Huawei unveils cutting-edge inventions at innovation event
Huawei has unveiled a range of new inventions as part of its biennial Top Ten Inventions Awards at the Broadening the Innovation Landscape 2022 forum.
Story image
Web Development
Whitecliffe fosters careers for the future of tech
Do you want a career in Information Technology, Networking, Web Development, Software Development, or are you looking to upskill?
Story image
Cloud
Apple reveals new iOS 16 features set to enhance sharing and communication
Apple has unveiled an all-new Lock Screen experience and new ways to share and communicate in iOS 16.
Story image
F5 Networks
Telstra, F5 team up to bolster services and solutions
“This partnership demonstrates our ongoing investment into APAC as we continue delivering high value services and solutions to our partners and customers."