Preparing for Data Theft Challenges in K-12 Schools

By CIOReview | Monday, February 25, 2019

The advent of technological advancements has introduced a dramatic shift to the global education market providing a better and cost-effective education. The off-campus courses and edtech apps have facilitated the whole process of learning from home. This widely accepted model of education has enabled the U.S. to implement an online learning platform in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The introduction of online and virtual schools like The Florida Virtual School, Utah Electronic High School, and North California Virtual High School has revolutionized the whole process of education. Research and Markets has predicted that global edtech market will grow by 15.4 percent by 2024. But, digital transformation paves the way for digital distraction which often, becomes a hindrance to the whole process of education.

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Except for digital distraction, there are some major threats that the K-12 schools have to address firmly. AI plays an important role to make the K-12 schools more efficient by offering the chance to act in an automated way, and this enhanced efficiency and automated work process attract cybercriminals. They focus on receiving Bitcoin ransoms or stealing sensitive information which, according to the Miami Herald, is more expensive on the dark web than the social security numbers. To deal with this problem, the schools need to focus more on email gateways and endpoint protection.

Security of the data stored in the cloud has always been a concern to every sector. McAfee points out that 21 percent of the cloud data can be marked as sensitive, and undoubtedly, it becomes a center of attraction to the hackers. The native security traits are not enough to deal with advanced attacks. Digital schools need proper solutions to enjoy improved visibility, control, and protection. Campus safety management is another major concern of digital schools. As per Experian, almost one million children were victimized due to fraudulent identities, and this lead to a massive loss of wealth.

Gartner’s research has made an interesting announcement that the total expense to secure IoT devices will become $1.5 billion. In K-12 schools, IoT devices play a vital role in enhancing student engagement by providing the students with the opportunity to interact. These IoT devices demand protection for themselves and shared data. Infected IoT devices can lead to DDoS attacks which are harmful to digital schools.

Few K12 companies : ABM , American Reading Company , Horizon Software , Learning.com