Reputation is a precious resource for online Higher Ed. It drives your degree value and that drives revenue. 

Criminals are one of the top causes of school reputation destruction. They get inside your system by impersonating others. Scandals from online fraud can trash your reputation forever in just a few days. Remember Corinthian College?

Criminals always refining their techniques. Are you refining yours to stop them?

The anonymous internet makes it easy to impersonate others. Logging in as someone else is behind almost ALL data crimes. 

·         Fake students who steal financial aid

·         Paid students who take tests or entire classes for others

·         Cheating rings

·         Cryptojackers who steal bandwidth and cause giant bills

The only weapon against scandals caused by impersonation is strong identity authentication.

Authentication identifies the person, not the device or credentials. It sifts legitimate students from the criminals. It's NOT a username and password.

To stop reputation threats you need two things at login.

·         Something only the legitimate user knows or IS, like biometric information (unique physical or gestural attributes) OR

·         Devices and/or questions that only the real user has or knows

Questions: Mother's maiden name or high school you attended or city you were born in questions by using public databases. The answers can be given by the student to another student to cheat. 

Devices: Can be given to another person to cheat.


You need one more piece:

Forensics to detect potential impersonators. Every action online leaves data behind. Fraud has various “tells” that a robust authentication technology can detect, for example:

·         Logins from atypical IP addresses

·         Logins using the same credentials from multiple IPs

·         Logins that change historic usage patterns

No administrator looking at logs could possibly manage this kind of big data. It takes authentication and forensics to make sense of it, cross reference it, and analyze what is a danger to your school.

The goal is to identify worrisome user behaviors when you can still do something about it, not after the fact.

BioSig-ID is one authentication technology that can guard your LMS from attempts to game the system. It uses a smart biometric password that students draw. Nobody else can forge the password because it's biometric and unique. Only the rightful user can login. 

BioSig-ID can also provide your school with:

·         Warns of potential grant fraud by flagging behaviors that indicate possible drop out

·         Evidence of attendance which schools are required to do for compliance

·         Reporting dashboard and real-time alerts that may prevent a severe breach

·         Analysis of atypical logins which may indicate academic fraud

·         Compliance with the latest identity requirements needed for new yearly audits - and accreditation


It only takes one story in the media to tarnish your school’s reputation. And, that story will live online forever.

Maybe you think these activities are a cost of doing business and they happen to every school. Most schools now have measures in place to stop these crimes and protect their reputations. 

Let us educate you on how to protect against today’s identity threats that can damage the one business asset you can’t replace – your reputation.

Schedule a demo today to see how you can put a stop to stolen and shared passwords.