Strategies to Beef up Cybersecurity in Educational Institutes

Education Technology Insights | Friday, August 30, 2019

Strengthening cybersecurity is vital for the safety of the information that the students and teachers put into the hands of the administrators in a school. The personal data of the learners and tutors are highly sensitive, which an educational institute must protect from the hackers with immense care.

FREMONT, CA: Higher education has become one of the most common targets for cyber attackers in this modern age. Nowadays, teachers and students both use computer systems, due to which a considerable amount of sensitive data is left out in the open for hackers. Some hacks may not be monumental, but in most of the cases, it has grave consequences when raiders falsify or vandalize documents. 

Applications that are used by schools regularly needs to build up new strategies against cybercrime with better security. Initially, to curb the attacks on the network, they need to put a limit to the access of technology in the premises. Here are some suggestions, which help the higher educational institutes can build better internet security

1. Run More Security Audits

Running security audits is one of the most straightforward procedures to limit the ever-increasing number of cyber attacks and also keep the defense tight. Inspections will allow the administrators to see in advance the areas where the security is weak before potential attacks. The safekeeping department must also order the examinations to be conducted regularly to make sure their systems and practices are updated. The rapid changes in technology have made it essential to update the security profiles regularly at schools.

2. Stop the Usage of Cloud-Based Services

Most schools store their sensitive documents on the internet, which can be risky at times because of hackers. A school can put a limit to cyber-attacks if they eliminate the usage of cloud services. Instead of using the cloud, students and teachers can use local drives such as SD card or Flash drive to store relevant credentials. Using an SD card will make it difficult for the internet attackers to get their hands on any materials until they steal the device where it is stored.

3. Encourage Bring your own Device (BYOD) Policy

Educational institutes may assume that they are losing control if the teachers and the students bring their own devices inside the school premise. A strictly enforced BYOD policy can build a better system to protect the sensitive data stored by the school administration. When the administrative network is not accessible to each person inside the building, its vulnerability lessens. Students or teachers can always use the guest network for educational purposes and also maintain safety. 

Every day cyberattacks are becoming more prominent in the educational organizations, which have made it essential to start making changes that will provide better protection against online crimes. 

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