Securing a good education for students has always been a top priority, but information security isn’t the first consideration to come to mind for most parents and educators. However, the move to eLearning and virtual lessons has increased the importance of cybersecurity -- with more and more students and teachers accessing school materials through a variety of devices and platforms in a variety of remote locations, the attack surface widens and the risk of breaches increases.
So what if someone gains access to your/student’s/child’s information? What happens if someone’s identity is breached? To handle these situations and prevent them from happening in the first place, we need to stop thinking of cybersecurity as a “nice-to-have,” and instead see it as a “need-to-have,” with all parties onboard -- parents, teachers, students, tutors, and other caretakers.
Luckily, there are many tools and resources available to help secure account access, prevent breaches, and which don’t take excessive resources to set up. For example, tools like password managers can help prevent insecure passwords or old password re-use.
Schools implementing eLearning should incorporate tools like this early in the rollout process, and it can seem like a daunting challenge, but it doesn’t have to be -- with the right guidance and resources, security can be a seamless and lightweight part of an institution’s distance learning plan. As both security professionals and parents of children in distance learning, Duo’s Leya Leydiker and Amanda Rogerson are invested in getting you started. Join them on September 17 for a discussion on prioritizing security for student eLearning, handling breaches, and the best ways and places to teach and maintain security hygiene for parents, students, and educators alike.
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