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UCAS Secures Student Data in the Cloud With Splunk’s Help
University Admissions Service Streamlines Security Incident Response Process
UCAS manages almost three million applications from around 700,000 students to over 380 universities and colleges each year, culminating each August with exam results days. UCAS operates in an agile, cloud-first way and required a security solution that would provide visibility into security events across the organization and cloud applications they use. Deploying Splunk ES at the heart of its security operations centre (SOC) gives UCAS an analytics-driven approach to security, maximizing coverage but minimizing potential security threats through automation. The ability to investigate incidents and answer key questions at machine speed will support the notification requirements from multiple compliance mandates such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Network and Information Systems (NIS) Directive for operators of critical national services). This provides assurance to stakeholders that key security protocols such as access controls around personal data are being implemented and used correctly across the organization.
“Students, universities and colleges trust us with their data, whether
it be exam results or personal contact details, and it is our
responsibility to work with leading technology companies like
In addition to using Splunk ES and Splunk Cloud to support security at UCAS, the organization utilizes the Splunk App for Amazon Web Services (AWS) to monitor its AWS infrastructure. This helps to ensure the correct AWS configuration and optimized billing of the AWS account which is key during the exam results period when the UCAS website receives thousands of hits per second and the infrastructure scales dramatically.
“Forward-thinking organizations recognize that the best way to protect
valuable data is by harnessing the power of security analytics using
data they already have,” said
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