6 Tips to Reduce Remote Learning Security Risks
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rapidly shift many of our activities online.
Education is no exception.
Education systems, as well as millions of parents across the globe, have been forced to quickly adapt to a new normal of digital distanced learning. Schools have struggled to provide accessible and engaging remote learning to students of all ages. Meanwhile, parents have been forced to take on the role of not only caretakers but co-teachers as well as distance learning IT professionals.
Adopting technology in the classroom was once thought to be a gradual process. Due to the pandemic however, the so-called Education Technology (Edtech) has been thrust into the spotlight.
Edtech is the use of technological tools such as apps, programs or services to facilitate and enhance learning. Educational institutions from primary, secondary to higher education are now depending on Edtech to safely provide quality instruction. Parents depend on Edtech to ensure that their children do not fall behind academically amidst school closures and at-home learning.
Some schools have already reopened, with millions of U.S. students returning to classrooms and college campuses. However, control over the virus remains elusive, and the situation remains fluid. Communities that have kept COVID-19 mostly under control can suddenly turn into hotspots overnight, forcing schools and parents to pivot back to remote learning.
It would seem, at least for the time being, that remote learning is likely here to stay for the foreseeable future.
What Could Go Wrong?
For the third consecutive year, cybersecurity ranked as the top priority amongst IT education leaders and remains the number one technology priority for IT Leaders. Yet, according to a report by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), cybersecurity threats are generally underestimated.
The results of the study are not surprising. When considering who the top targets for cyberattacks are, educational institutions such as universities and school districts check all the boxes.
Increased reliance on technology? Check.