Case Studies

HiT MEMCYCO Case Study – A Milestone for Security in Academia

“Memcyco’s already proved its worth and saved us much more than its price. We give it a ringing endorsement.” – Anthony Lazare, CEO

Case Study at a Glance

Customer

A well-established, unique, and multidisciplinary academic institution.

Business Challenges

  • A large-scale cyberattack
  • Stolen assets in the form of several exams and research papers
  • Existing solutions were not failproof

Solution

  • Quickly distinguish between fake and legit
  • Full visibility
  • Hassle-free installation
  • Real-time red alerts

Benefits

  • Institutional peace of mind
  • Confidence in security
  • Protection of assets

About HIT

HIT, Holon Institute of Technology, is a well-established, unique, and multidisciplinary academic institution. HIT promotes the “Hi-Tech Nation” concept through its groundbreaking creativity, research, and development. It is on the cutting edge of innovation and entrepreneurship. HIT represents the combination of academia and industry, advancing toward integrating science, engineering, design, and management. This unique integration is evident in its state-of-the-art research centers and labs and joint academia-industry initiatives.

Business Challenges

A large-scale cyberattack

Towards the end of 2021, our institution faced a large-scale cyberattack in the form of an email phishing scam targeting our students and professors.

Stolen assets in the form of several exams and research papers

In this well-coordinated attack, the attackers were able to steal several of our exams and research papers, which are valuable assets for us.

Existing solutions were not failproof

While we educate our users about such attacks and use best-in-class email scanners to remove phishing emails, these measures are not foolproof. To recover and prevent future attacks, and since we can assume that attack attempts will become more frequent, we began looking for software solutions to help secure our current infrastructure against such attacks by truly preventing our users from falling for the attacks.

Case Study at a Glance

Customer

A well-established, unique, and multidisciplinary academic institution.

Business Challenges

  • A large-scale cyberattack
  • Stolen assets in the form of several exams and research papers
  • Existing solutions were not failproof

Solution

  • Quickly distinguish between fake and legit
  • Full visibility
  • Hassle-free installation
  • Real-time red alerts

Benefits

  • Institutional peace of mind
  • Confidence in security
  • Protection of assets

Solution

After a lengthy search, we approached MEMCYCO. MEMCYCO’s new Proof of Site Authenticity (PoSA) solution is precisely what we were looking for.

1

Quickly distinguish between fake and legit

It works in real-time and provides our users with a visual security affirmation via an unforgeable watermark on both our website and our emails. The watermark includes a user-specific code and provides students and faculty members with a true sense of security. It offers a safe environment for students and staff to access our resources and deters future attackers.

2

Hassle-free installation

Installation was effortless. After signing up, our tech support team only needed to add a single line of code to our web files, and the watermark simply appeared before us. We also informed our users to start expecting this watermark as a sign they can trust the site. Management was also a breeze; gradually rolling it out to all our students was refreshingly simple. On top of all that, the real game-changer for us is that our users are not required to install anything or register anywhere.

3

Full visibility

Immediately, we received a positive response. Students and staff who got used to seeing the watermark expect to see it every time they access our website. We observed higher engagement and more time spent on our websites, and our professors reported that more students have found and read their published material.

4

Real-time red alerts

Memcyco also provides alerts about suspicious activities, which are invaluable to us and our students in avoiding attacks. This is the only solution that we know of that can make our users aware in real-time that they are accessing an impostor site, as they do not see the watermark on it. The solution gives us and our community peace of mind. We can now finally feel confident and safe whenever we access our site.

Benefits

Institutional Peace of Mind:

  • Enhanced Security: The PoSA solution provides real-time protection and visibility, ensuring a heightened level of cybersecurity that safeguards HIT’s digital assets.
  • Reduced Uncertainty: With the ability to quickly distinguish between genuine and fraudulent web entities, HIT can operate with greater confidence and less uncertainty.

Confidence in Security:

  • Trust and Assurance: The unforgeable watermark instills trust in students and faculty members. They can confidently access resources, knowing they are protected.
  • User-Friendly Experience: The solution is user-friendly, requiring no installations or registrations, making it easy for users to trust and engage with HIT’s digital assets.

Protection of Assets:

  • Asset Safeguarding: PoSA plays a pivotal role in protecting valuable academic assets, such as exams and research papers, from theft and cyberattacks.
  • Data Integrity: HIT can maintain the integrity of its digital resources, ensuring that students and faculty can access and share materials securely.

These benefits collectively contribute to HIT's digital ecosystem's overall security and user experience, instilling a sense of trust and peace of mind within the institution.

Summary

We are very satisfied with MEMCYCO and thoroughly recommend it. It has provided us with a solution, finally, to fill a significant gap in our cybersecurity needs. Our students and professors can now browse, upload, and share on our sites with complete assurance that they are in their desired place on the web.

We are excited to see what other capabilities Memcyco will add to its suite, and what other innovative features it will introduce.

Shmil Goldberg
CEO

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