In the aftermath of a staggering 1,619 cyberattacks targeting schools between 2016 and 2022, a sobering revelation emerged: 80% of School IT professionals faced a ransomware attack just last year. This not only jeopardizes the learning experience but strains districts financially. With the digital landscape in education expanding rapidly, the call to shield our students' and faculty's data has never been louder.
In light of recent events, Brett McCrae sat down with Sunshine Miller, Director of Technology and Professional Development at Newfield Central School District (New York), Matthew Faul, Application Development Manager at Oakland County (Michigan), and Troy Lunt, IT Director at Iron County School District (Utah) to learn how School IT professionals can better safeguard their student, faculty, and staff data.
Here are 10 key learnings from their conversation about safeguarding student data in K-12 environments:
Safeguarding student data is of the utmost importance because data leakage cannot be retracted. “Once it's out there, it's out there.” Although sometimes viewed as diametrically opposed, Data privacy and technology usage are married to each other. The safe use of technology requires encryption and security. That is why at Virtru we bridge the gap between ease of use and encryption, allowing you full range in your tech stacks and workflows. Feel free to book a demo with a member of our team.
And remember, ‘Technology is great, but it must be used for good to protect our kids, faculty, staff, and ourselves,” Sunshine Miller. This post is a recap from our webinar, “Back To School Preparing For A Year For Safeguarding Student Data,” you can watch the full video here.
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