Increased cyber risks from distance learning, coupled with other advancements, mean school IT departments must remain vigilant

Education needs to go back to school for cybersecurity


Increased cyber risks from distance learning, coupled with other advancements, mean school IT departments must remain vigilant

The education sector has not been immune to the digital revolution transforming businesses and organizations across the world. The year before the pandemic saw sky-high growth and adoption in education technology, with global edtech investments reaching €15.87 billion in 2019.

Many education institutions have their own bring your own device (BYOD) policies, while downloads of educational apps have risen by 130 percent over the past year.

Everything from laptops and mobile devices to interactive touchscreens and even virtual reality are becoming commonplace in schools districts, colleges, and universities.

The sudden transition from physical classrooms to distance learning during the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated this trend, while also shining a light on the growing reliance of students, faculty, and staff on technology. 

The growing edtech challenge

Digital technologies have helped empower students and teachers with access to advanced learning programs, material, and resources, and have been instrumental in the continuation of education despite widespread school closures due to Covid-19.

Even as students began to return to in-person learning, educators’ increasing dependency on digital resources has required staff to maintain strict control and oversight of an ever-expanding IT estate.

The growing number and importance of IT devices represents a significant challenge for educational institutions. It’s the reason why efficient IT asset management (ITAM) strategies are no longer a nice-to-have–they’re imperative.

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