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New White Paper: Education Network Security in a Hyperconnected World

New White Paper: Education Network Security in a Hyperconnected World

Network security is becoming increasingly more important with technology’s growing role in school districts. District technology leaders are concerned about protecting their digital resources, and many are identifying and implementing steps to improve their overall network security and to prepare for and mitigate security incidents when they occur.

With this in mind, ENA has developed a white paper in collaboration with eLearn Institute and TechEdvantage. We created the white paper—Education Network Security in a Hyperconnected World—to assist school systems with their planning and prevention of network security threats and incidents, as well as to provide insight into potential network security threats impacting today’s school districts.

Network security is becoming increasingly more important with technology’s growing role in school districts. “Everything new in the district involves IT,” said Tom Ashley, Director of Technology, Huntington County Community School Corporation, Indiana and contributor to the white paper. Escalating reliance on the network dictates a corresponding responsibility to assure that these resources and environments are safe and secure. With greater use come more risks due to the additional complexities and configurations required to manage user access and identities across the network. District technology leaders are concerned about protecting their digital resources. Many are identifying and implementing steps to improve their overall network security and to prepare for and mitigate security incidents when they occur.

Network security threats are real and looming. The ease with which even unsophisticated users can find and pay for a service to launch a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, for example, can be partly attributed to the increase in the number of such attacks. “Buying a DDoS attack is easy and cheap,” said Douglas G. Pearce, Director, Technical Support Services, Broward County Public Schools, Florida and contributor to the white paper. “It used to take a tech-savvy hacker to compromise the system, [but] now it’s a credit card.” Experts predict that these types of incidents are on the rise and will only become more prevalent, rendering every school district vulnerable to attack. For this reason, every school district should have a network security strategy in place to address the inevitable.

The white paper, which includes a “Network Security Recommendations Checklist,” outlines key considerations and best practices every school district can implement for improving their network security as well as preparedness when an incident does occur. It shares the experiences and recommendations of two school districts—Broward County Public Schools in Florida and Huntington County Community School Corporation in Indiana. Download the executive summary, full white paper, and recommendations checklist today!

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