The digital shift in education brought cybersecurity challenges that most teachers and students are underprepared to face. Outdated technology and the lack of school cyber security policies leave pupils and educators alike vulnerable to DDoS attacks, phishing and malware practices, and it shows.
The incidence rate of cyberattacks against schools increased 500% in 2020 compared to 2019. Since online learning is not only a temporary solution to COVID-19, but the new education norm, Metaminds proposes a series of recommendations for teachers and pupils to help them avoid being an easy target for hackers.
Secure Remote Access is a must that any educational institution should have while migrating to online teaching and learning. In such cases, it’s recommended to implement a virtual private network (VPN) that provides secure remote access to users. The data transmitted to and from the VPN is encrypted and, thus, protected.
Granting access based on user identity is also essential to secure your data. ‘IDC predicts that 70% of schools will invest in data encryption and cyber security measures by the end of next year. Until 2023, 25% of schools will use digital identification (ID) to create personalised and secured services for pupils’, said Marius Marinescu, CTO Metaminds.
It’s imperative to use only the learning platforms that the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research recommends. They were thoroughly verified before and pose no risk. Besides, both teachers and pupils should be briefly trained on the topic of cybersecurity. A training would make them better equipped in light of a cyber threat.
But a cyber attack can take on many forms. Even than of an email sent by one of your contacts. So it’s important to set your email security preferences in such a way that it can filter any content that looks like phishing or spam. Besides, the use of the same single device for online teaching activities is also preferred.
However, in case an attack occurs, nothing proves more effective than prompt intervention. To be able to do this, we need to constantly monitor the data and network to rapidly detect any kind of malware.
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