Cybersecurity for Higher Education

A thorough higher education cybersecurity strategy should include cloaking online faculty and student activities to ensure that critical research cannot be uncovered.

Many research universities are confronting an onslaught of cybersecurity threats against their classified research projects. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of attacks against higher education. Each year, $300 billion in intellectual property is stolen. Without advanced security controls, remote and on-campus systems and devices are vulnerable to cyberattacks that allow these threat actors to breach sensitive records, videos, and images.

This is why protecting critical digital assets and intellectual property should be the top priority in any strategy to improve overall cybersecurity in institutions of higher education. The key to solving this challenge is to “hide” all files and storage systems. It’s just as important to conceal the online and communication activities of faculty, researchers, and students who collaborate on analyzing and publishing information.


31.5 terabytes

of university intellectual property stolen by nation-state threat actors in 2020

– CyberScoop

$300 billion

annual cost to the U.S. economy for stolen intellectual property

– U.S. Government Publishing Office

6.7 million

malware attacks against education institutions during a typical 30-day stretch

– Microsoft Security Intelligence


These statistics underscore the importance of developing a new paradigm for IT security. Telos Ghost® answers the call—delivering the power of invisibility by leveraging network obfuscation to hide servers, applications, and unified mobile communications from the internet. Attackers simply can’t find the targets they want to infiltrate.

The Telos Ghost® virtual obfuscation network protects higher education institutions and their faculty and students from malware, ransomware, phishing, data exfiltration, and other attacks:

Privatizes the public internet to hide network resources and mask user identities

Hides large data sets from everyone except researchers working on them

Reduces attack surfaces to prevent cyberattacks by using untraceable connections

Encrypts intellectual property data in transit from endpoints to the network

Removes user digital footprints as they collaborate and communicate online

Telos Ghost eliminates cyberattack surfaces by implementing next-generation cybersecurity technologies. You not only protect end-user privacy and security, but also ensure your critical enterprise network resources are invisible on the public internet and inaccessible to threat actors.

Telos Ghost Unique Features:

Dynamic IP Routing

Hides transactions and communications in a labyrinth of network nodes.

Multi-layered encryption

Protects sensitive and personally identifiable information from unauthorized access.

Cloaked critical assets

Cordons off systems and devices in an invisible, undiscoverable vault.

With Telos Ghost, higher education institutions can protect faculty, researchers, students, systems, and data—without attempting to secure every endpoint in their dispersed dynamic environments. Even if attackers enter parts of the environment through a hacked or stolen device, they won’t be able to find any digital assets.

To learn more, request a demo, or inquire about a free, no-obligation trial of Telos Ghost, call us at 1-800-70-TELOS (800-708-3567) or fill out our contact form today.