School is back in session. For many students this year, that means learning from their homes using devices like Chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones, rather than returning to the classroom. But with technology now at the center of how education is being conducted – hybrid or fully-virtual – students, teachers and administrators are faced with cybersecurity challenges.
If these new learning models weren’t daunting enough, we’ve already seen instances of bad actors taking advantage of overwhelmed school districts across the country. Consider the recent ransomware attack targeting the computer network of Fairfax County Public Schools, one of the country’s largest school districts, or the Las Vegas district that also exposed sensitive information due to a breach.
School districts can help address the security stress by training students and teachers to remain vigilant at all times, while also implementing a comprehensive mobile security solution.
To help teachers, students, parents, and administrators, here are some tips to help school districts and educational communities face these new cybersecurity challenges in this new online learning environment.
Mobile cybersecurity threats and Chromebooks risks
One of the adjustments schools have to make during continued virtual learning is the fact that students and teachers are using personal devices and new forms of mobile technology. Many families as well as teachers are using their personal tablets, phones, and Chromebooks to access classwork and email outside of the school’s walls – and its security perimeter.