SOC-as-a-Service for Higher Education

A Secure Solution for Colleges and Universities

Educational institutions face many challenges: large user bases, complex networks, access control, sensitive records and aging infrastructures. As a result, they have become increasingly attractive targets of a cyber attack. One of the weaknesses we have discovered in the educational realm is a lack of visibility into what is actually taking place on their networks. In simple terms, you cannot close a door you do not know is open. Since a lack of visibility can create some very large issues, increasing visibility is one of our primary goals. BitLyft gives you a control center that provides real visibility into the traffic on your network. Once we have established visibility we go about finding the open doors and closing them.

Avg. number of devices per student
Avg. number of companies lacking cybersecurity skills
Organizations that experienced an incident within the last 5 years

Top reasons colleges and universities are at risk of a cyber attack:

Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of students, faculty, staff, and alumni

Applicant-to-alumni lifecycle data

Employee profile and compensation data

Payment data from students, administration and vendors

Protected Health Information (PHI)

Intellectual property and research

Donor profiles and giving histories

Phishing Attacks Prompt Private University to Seek Cybersecurity Help From BitLyft

In the spring of 2017, a well-known university in Illinois started to get hit with a number of phishing attempts. Watch the video to see how BitLyft helped the university identify compromised accounts and reduce their reaction time to zero.

What Our Higher Ed Customers Are Saying


"Having a trusted partner like BitLyft allows us to spend more time with our family. That is invaluable."

Program Director, Cybersecurity


"Having a partner like BitLyft eases
that unsettled feeling in your mind and you can sleep better at night."

Director of Infrastructure Operations

Benefits of BitLyft's SOAR Platform

Why build a SOC when you could SOAR? Building a Security Operations Center is costly and time-consuming. Plus, it requires strong people, processes, and technology. BitLyft AIR includes access to our 24/7 SOC-as-a-Service team that is trained to detect, respond and neutralize security threats—saving you time and money.


BitLyft provides 24/7 SOC services including cloud-delivered SIEM-as-a-Service. As a result, this turnkey offering remains cost-effective without compromising quality and provides a low barrier to entry.

24/7 SOC Monitoring

BitLyft’s Security Operations Center as a service model provides a fully-managed team that is trained to detect, respond and neutralize threats 24/7.

Threat Remediation

Cut the mean time to detection and response down from days to seconds. Our 24/7 SOC team actively monitors and performs real-time threat remediation.

File Integrity Monitoring (FIM)

Our system protects files where they are stored. It also alerts us to malware-related registry changes, improper access of confidential files, and theft of sensitive data.

Log Management & Reporting

Logs are collected and stored for faster review and reporting. This system is ideal for uncovering threats because it pinpoints area of concern.

Compliance Assurance

Make enterprise compliance easier. We provide pre-configured automated modules that address many of the most common regulatory frameworks. These frameworks include SOX, PCI, FISMA, GLBA, HIPAA, NERC CIP, GPG 13 and more.

The Security Operations Maturity Model Quick Reference Guide for Education

Educational institutions are at risk of a cyber attack for many reasons. Download this reference guide to get information about how you can keep your network safe.

Case Study: A Security “Team of One” Seeks Help from BitLyft

Managing the security posture of a university is no small task. This is especially true when you have to manage it on your own. Read how BitLyft increased the security posture of one liberal arts university by augmenting their "team of one".

Case Study: Private University Seeks Third-Party Vendor to Take Over Cybersecurity Tasks

As cybersecurity concerns grow and regulations expand, many organizations find themselves in search of information. This was true for the IT staff of a private university in Mississippi. After attending a couple cybersecurity conferences and reading more about the topic, the university determined it needed a strategy.

Compliance Support for GLBA

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), also known as The Financial Modernization Act of 1999, was enacted to ensure protection over customer’s records and information. Download this whitepaper to learn more about how BitLyft helps organizations comply with these legal requirements.

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