Distance learning has become the norm for schools worldwide as education leaders try to keep students and staff safe and educational goals on track in the midst of the pandemic.

It’s estimated that 70 percent of students are currently engaged in some form of online education. And it’s not clear how long this state of affairs will continue, as there is no national consensus. For many districts nationwide, it’s still uncertain whether they will return to in-person school in the fall or perhaps use a hybrid model in which some schooling is done online.

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Supporting faculty, students and staff with the secure access and appropriate web filtering to study and work remotely is essential to ensuring educational continuity and security. But when this transition to remote learning was mandated, many institutions were caught without the distance learning infrastructure they needed and the means to secure it.

About the Author:

Renee Tarun is deputy CISO at Fortinet. She is focused on enterprise security, compliance and governance, and product security. She is also a contributor to the book, “The Digital Big Bang.” Previously, she served for over 20 years with the U.S. government, with over 12 years as a cybersecurity leader for the National Security Agency (NSA).

Renee received her master’s degree in computer/information technology administration and management from the University of Maryland University College. She is also a board member for the George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering. She is married with two children.