Remote learning has accelerated the risk of identity fraud for students; educational institutions must step up identify verification efforts.

Identity verification has become a pandemic-era imperative


Remote learning has accelerated the risk of identity fraud for students; educational institutions must step up to fight it on their behalf

Practically overnight, the global pandemic crumpled up traditional education models and tossed them into the wastebasket. Schools around the world were forced to reinvent their infrastructure in real time and to persevere through one of the most urgent, drastic, and important pivots of any sector.

With roughly 1.4 billion children across 186 countries facing pandemic-related school closures, there was no precedent for a disruption of this magnitude—and no readily-available Plan B.

Schools get an A for effort for engaging students in virtual and hybrid learning environments for the first time. But their transition to technology-led teaching and learning environments exposed numerous cracks in these hastily assembled systems. Some were patched immediately; others were left to address later. One of these is how susceptible students’ digital identities are to fraud. According to Microsoft Security Intelligence, education is more impacted by enterprise malware encounters than any other industry, representing 62.2 percent of reported incidents.

Though there’s cause for concern, there’s equal cause for optimism. The pandemic has presented educators, technologists, and institutions with the opportunity to implement holistic system improvements that leverage automated ID verification and authentication.

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