School IT teams must remain extra vigilant as they monitor for security threats in the new school year

How to strengthen school IT for continued hybrid learning


School IT teams must remain extra vigilant as they monitor for security threats in the new school year

With school out and summer break here, administrators are planning for the fall – but much still remains up in the air. Despite rising vaccinations, it seems inevitable that just like hybrid enterprises, hybrid schooling will continue to be the new normal. So how can district IT teams continue to handle the infrastructure impact that hybrid environments create?

In 2020, COVID-19 forced much of the K-12 world to adapt to a remote-first learning environment. With the nation re-opening amid rising vaccinations, hybrid models for workplaces are now becoming the new norm. Looking forward to back-to-school season, it is quite likely that we will see the same option continue for students for the foreseeable future.

These virtual models, though, have directly impacted school IT infrastructure in unanticipated ways. To ensure operational longevity and prevent any child from falling behind, it’s never been more critical for schools to reevaluate their IT infrastructure.

District IT departments will continue to face a number of network challenges with long term virtual options, but there are solutions they can adopt to remain widely accessible for online learning – from virtual training and disaster recovery to local edge infrastructure.

Addressing the issue: Dispersed teams, widespread cyber threats

IT teams have had to completely rethink the way they are managing, maintaining, and storing data, especially in educational environments. Before learning took a virtual shift, school IT teams did not need to worry about managing data across wide geographic areas since all the teachers and students were in one place utilizing the same networks.

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