Cybersecurity training for teachers – SPONSOR CONTENT

Digital transformation has revolutionized education. Beyond online learning options, students are using tablets and computers instead of books, pencils and paper. Threat actors know this, which is why education is the industry with the most recorded malware attacks.

Yet, when schools offer security training, most often it is the administrators who receive the instruction. It is crucial to prioritize the training of teachers in cybersecurity. According to a study by Morning Consult, 59% of educators do not know if they have taken safety trainingor they haven’t had one recently, when more than three-quarters of teachers rely on online learning.

Additionally, the study found that many teachers are unfamiliar with common cybersecurity threats.. For example, even as classrooms were virtual for much of 2020, half of educators were unfamiliar with video bombing. Even fewer knew about attacks like phishing and ransomware.

Lack of cybersecurity training for teachers can put student personal information at risk. Cybercriminals prioritize targeting children’s personally identifiable information (PII) because this data is not monitored as closely as adult PII. In fact, children’s data may not be identified as compromised until they apply for a job and a driver’s license – Continue here: https://www.verizon.com/business/resources/articles/s/cyber-security-training-for-teachers/

Phishing is one of many threats to school security

Threats to school security are just as significant as they are to business.

With 2020 described as a “record” year for cyberattacks on K-12 public schools in the United States, the verdict for 2021 should come soon. It may not be too different, as students, teachers, and staff access learning materials and educational resources online through a variety of devices such as tablets or laptops. Multiple Attack Surfaces Increase Security Risks for Schools, including Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, malware, and ransomware. However, one of the most common methods used by threat actors is phishing.

Phishing uses social engineering and fraudulent messages to unwittingly recruit users to help them deploy malware. Given the high volume of attacks Lobbed to both K-12 and higher education institutions, any defense strategy must include measures to help mitigate security threats. Cloud computing in education allows students to access their assignments anywhere there is an internet connection and teachers to access those assignments or download courses, expanding the threat landscape. Continue here: https://www.verizon.com/business/resources/articles/s/phishing-is-one-of-many-rating-security-threats-to-schools/

Can you name a school that doesn’t close at the end of the day?

I did not mean it. But many educational institutions that lock down their doors fail to lock down their private communications systems as well, putting their teachers and students at serious risk.

Without the proper precautions, it’s easy for hackers to steal your school’s sensitive information such as financial audit reports, employee email passwords, student medical records, and more.

This is why an increasing number of schools are adopting cloud-based communication platforms. The cloud can help provide the end-to-end protection required for your staff’s collaboration needs. Whether it’s phone calls, video conferencing, instant messaging, group chat, and more, isn’t it time to see what the cloud can do for you?

Here are the top 5 security features Verizon’s Virtual Communications Express (VCE) cloud-based phone system leverages to keep schools safe:








1. Hard-to-hack systems

Verizon VCE provides secure software design coding, configuration, and monitoring that helps protect your communications from cyberattacks.

Verizon’s hardened operating system and network security govern ports and protocols. You can also have application security for your voice portal, including SIP access control lists, password policies and enforcement, device locking, call handling policies and controls .


2. Availability by redundancy

The number of unpredictable situations that could impact your operations can be endless. On-premises server rooms can experience electrical circuit overload. Denial of service attacks can crash your network. Construction diggers might accidentally cut the lines of communication connecting your school to the outside world… you get the idea.

That’s why Verizon’s VCE uses redundant server clusters, routers, and data network paths to help avoid a single point of failure, including geographic diversity.


3. Independent Risk Assurance

The best and most trusted service providers follow independent third-party reviews.

Verizon VCE is committed to complying with popular industry benchmark certifications and standards, including: TL 9000, ISO 9000, ISO 27001, FedRAMP, and NIST SP800-53.


4. Ease of management

Verizon VCE can help reduce your security operations expenses by installing the necessary security features and keeping them up to date. Letting Verizon manage your security means you can focus on teaching.


5. Confidential Communications

Verizon VCE will help keep your information private with strong algorithms, certificates, and cryptographic protocols whether that data is stored or transmitted over a network. Some of them include: OpenSSL, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), X.509 certificates, and RFC-compliant network communication protocols, such as TLS and OCSP.

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