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    Major threat to cyber security in the education sector

    Despite the digitalization boost, cyber security for IT staff should now be a top priority. The devices referred to as endpoints in IT are crucial for ensuring that the data of students, teachers and institutions remains secure and protected.

    Still, the education industry is struggling with endpoint security. In a recent international survey, only 45 percent of those in education said their endpoint security skills were mature. A survey in Europe also found that internal user errors accounted for the largest percentage of cyber security incidents over the past year. As a result, careless and untrained users, including students and teachers who are inexperienced in IT pose a major threat to cyber security in the education sector.

    One of the biggest challenges is the lack of control and transparency. The enormous increase in the use of home offices and access to the network from a wide variety of mobile devices pose great risks for data protection and gateways for hackers. Private devices, such as student laptops, may not have adequate malware protection. Even unprotected IoT devices often have access to the network.

    Against the backdrop of Covid-19 and increasing digital learning, the educational institutions create dashboards so that they can monitor server response time, packet loss and network latency on a single screen. While also monitoring CPU, memory and disk usage track to predict capacity and application performance problems. This enables them to identify and correct problems before they affect the learning experience of students and teachers.

    Improved Password Protection And Management

    Unsafe passwords reduce data security immensely. Users still use weak passwords that are easier for them to remember and vary them too little so that they can be easily derived from known passwords. A stricter password policy helps to increase user sensitivity and thus to increase the level of security through shorter password cycles and more complex password design. Multifactor authentication in particular works on different access levels and different devices and thus protects organizations from the growing cyber risks.

     

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