Over the coming weeks, students, teachers and caregivers alike have adjusted to the modern-day classroom – many of which consist of a full or hybrid online learning model. This virtual shift brought on by COVID-19 comes with many unique challenges, and one of the most concerning is ensuring optimal online learning security across new and emerging technologies.

School districts across the country have rolled out new technologies to accommodate virtual learning options, ranging from video conferencing tools to educational mobile applications. But, more often than not, deploying these solutions is based first and foremost on convenience and accessibility, with online learning security falling by the wayside.

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Making matters worse, today’s sophisticated cybercriminals are well aware of the opportunity presented by online learning, targeting their attacks accordingly. In fact, recently, the Humble Independent School District in Texas suffered a cyber attack during the first day of online learning, disrupting the district’s servers and causing students and teachers to resort to offline measures. Given today’s complex, evolving threat landscape, this may not be the only instance we hear of malicious actors taking advantage of vulnerable online learning systems and software.

About the Author:

Susan St. Clair is a cybersecurity evangelist at Checkmarx, a software security company. Possessing over 14 years of product management and strategy experience, Susan is responsible for raising awareness of the market need for the newest generation of application security testing and supporting Checkmarx’s product roadmap and overall direction.

Susan is certified in pen testing from the IACRB, and in her spare time, she enjoys educating application development teams on ways to streamline their work processes, raising awareness of API security in the AppSec community, and running in races benefiting charities such as Easterseals, SickKids and Camp Ooch.


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