Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, many facets of our lives have moved online—including education. From pre-K to graduate programs, schools and universities have quickly embraced eLearning, which has introduced new cybersecurity risks.
Because of the rapid digital transition to online classes, many schools lacked adequate time to vet new platforms. This, combined with the fact that the education sector is rich with personal data, puts these programs at an increased risk for eLearning breaches and cyber attacks. In fact, the U.K. has warned about a recent spike in ransomware attacks targeting schools and universities, resulting in lost coursework, school financial data, and data related to COVID-19 testing. A cyberattack on the University of California and other schools throughout the U.S. exploited vulnerabilities in a third-party vendor’s software to expose personal student information.
With the announcement of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill, schools and universities now have increased funding to dedicate to educational technology to support remote and hybrid learning. This funding presents a valuable opportunity for schools to invest in strengthening data security across their platforms. Virtru can help your school secure its communications and protect vital student and faculty data everywhere it’s shared.
Yes; Virtru’s encryption technology falls within the scope of this recent stimulus funding. The American Rescue Plan Act dedicates $168 billion to K-12 schools and higher education, as well as billions more to prop up the state and local governments that are critical to funding education. In addition to helping schools and universities meet compliance regulations related to FERPA, HIPAA, and New York Ed Law 2-d, Virtru’s technology can support these facets of the American Rescue Plan Act:
Schools across the U.S.—including Brown University and Spackenkill Union Free School District—rely on Virtru’s email and file encryption solutions to protect the personal data of students, faculty, and staff. Here are a few reasons why educational institutions need to prioritize investments in data protection.
As students and faculty adapt to the online learning landscape brought on by the pandemic, there are a few primary ways that sensitive data can become vulnerable.
With these vulnerabilities in mind, what are some of the key risks that students, teachers and administrators are likely to face?
So, knowing these threats exist and are very real to educators and students, how can they mitigate the risks of compromised systems or data?
Want to learn how your educational institution can better protect data in a remote learning environment, or how to apply funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to your school’s eLearning and communications platforms? Contact Virtru today to see how our solutions can integrate with your school’s existing email and data sharing platforms.
Advances in technology have begun to transform education, allowing educators to implement distance learning initiatives that extend the reach of their curriculum beyond the physical classroom. While these trends bring significant opportunities for student learning and development, they also carry significant risks regarding preserving student data privacy. Download this checklist to explore best practices and key considerations for protecting student data in digital workflows.Get the Checklist
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