In what feels like a blink of an eye, life as we know it stopped. Streets emptied. Schools closed, with 91% of the world’s student population sent home. And now teachers have to solely rely on online learning methods.
Now, School Admins find themselves facing multiple unexpected challenges. Particularly because of the unfamiliar nature of this complete move to online learning.
How do we monitor student’s online activities remotely?
How do we make sure they’re safe online?
Better yet, how to ensure our school domain is safe from cyberattacks? — Many urgent questions that need fast answers.
Well, the answer to all of these questions, and many more more, can only be tackled using TWO effective methods that COMPLIMENT each other 👇:
- Security and Monitoring Tools
While here at GAT Labs we offer the most powerful security and monitoring tools to empower schools online learning in Google Workspace and Chrome environments, we also always seek to brick up any other potential gaps in your school’s cybersecurity walls.
With awareness in mind, this blog piece highlights the top cybersecurity threats students and staff should be looking out for, especially now that everything is being done online.
Let’s continue to teach and learn online together safely, shall we?
The 6 TOP Online Learning Threats to Look Out for (and how to prepare for them):
Phishing Emails ⚓
Due to the sensitive nature of data stored within school systems, education domains are a top target for cybercriminal attacks like phishing emails.
The best way to protect your school against these threats is by enforcing email security and teaching staff and students how to spot phishing attempts.
Checkout this piece for the 5 Tell-tale Signs of a Phishing Email. You might also want to share it with your students and staff 👌.
Unsecured WiFi 🔒:
Schools can easily secure WiFi networks within their walls. But now that students and staff are learning online remotely, they may be using unvetted WiFi networks, they need to make sure these networks are private and secure.
This step is particularly important to protect your students’ and staff’s digital footprints from potentially malicious users accessing their WiFi networks.
Norton shares 7 simple steps to secure home Wifi networks. Make sure to check them out.
Device Theft or Loss 🕵:
Accidents happen! — Even during quarantines. With that, how to deal with lost or stolen devices?
First of all, alert your staff and students to report missing devices to your school right away to avoid major cybersecurity repercussions.
Unsecure Websites 💻:
Students and staff naturally need to do plenty of research online, which means visiting many websites everyday.
While that sounds fine in theory, some websites may be unsafe and can even spread malware, steal their sensitive information, send spam, and more.
So how to tell if a website is secure? TechNews Gadget here shares this informative piece on the subject. Make sure to share it with your domain users.
As a school, however, you can block access (blacklist) to certain websites for your entire school domain using GAT Shield.
Less Secure Apps 🔏:
Less secure apps increase the risk of hackers breaking into your users’ accounts. Blocking sign-ins from these apps helps keep your school’s accounts safe.
To limit the risk of these apps we recommend the following 3 precautions:
- Disable sign-ins for less secure apps in the Google Admin console.
- Make it a rule for your users that before granting access to any third party app, they first need to ask themselves: Does this app really need access permission to things like gmail, drive, etc.?
- Use GAT+ to set up alerts for newly installed apps in your domain to review them, or even ban third-party apps.
Data Leakage Prevention (DLP) 💦:
We’ve seen how one Data Leakage incident can wreak absolute havoc all over a school’s domain, causing significant data breach and security after-effects.
That’s exactly why users need to be trained on what data they should protect online and the best file and data sharing practices.
On the other hand, DLP solutions like GAT Shield play a powerful role in the background to protect your school against accidental or malicious DLP incidents .
By auditing your Google Workspace and Chrome environment in real-time, GAT helps secure your domain against DLP incidents 24/7, ensuring optimum protection all the way.
Well, that’s it from us today.
Got any questions about monitoring and protecting your students and staff during this online learning transition?
Feel free to contact us here. We’re happy to help. #youGATthis 💪