Higher Education is a Hacker Target

2019 brought a slew of higher educational data breaches with attack vectors ranging from malware, to phishing, to ransomware. According to the 2019 Cost of Data Breach Study by IBM and the Ponemon Institute, the average cost for data breaches in the U.S. educational industry has risen to $142 per capita (or per record lost), which is $45 above the worldwide average. Bluefin provides colleges and universities security solutions to protect payment data and tuition payment processing solutions, including our flagship PCI-validated point-to-point encryption (P2PE) and tokenization products, available both through Bluefin and our large network of higher education partners.

Higher Education - Target for Data Breaches

PCI-validated P2PE is the gold standard in POS payment security and higher education payment processing security. Cardholder data is immediately encrypted within a P2PE-approved device and encryption is done outside of the education environment. The goal is to prevent clear-text cardholder data from being present in the higher education environment, which could otherwise be accessible in the event of a breach.

Bluefin's PCI-validated P2PE solutions cover all of your campus and tuition payments - and devalue your card payment data

Bluefin's PCI-validated P2PE solutions cover all of your campus payments - and devalue your card payment data
Higher Education Data

ShieldConex utilizes Bluefin’s proprietary SAFE™ (Shielded Access Form Element) tokenization and iFrame solutions to secure Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Personal Health Information (PHI), and payment data entered online. The goal is to immediately encrypt / tokenize online data entered through a web form, so that if a breach does occur, this valuable data is masked.

Specializing in Stand-Alone and Integrated Payment Security

Bluefin’s security solutions are provided through our product suite – including PayConex, QuickSwipe and ShieldConex – or education institutions can utilize their current processor or payment gateway to get our PCI-validated P2PE solution.

PCI P2PE for Education

Case Study featuring University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

“We were the first department on campus – and I believe the entire UC system – to implement the Bluefin P2PE solution. Based on our success, the campus is now working to roll this out to other departments, leading to compounded savings campuswide – potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.” Tim Emery, Director, Business Affairs and Human Resources, UCSD Extension

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