6 steps to help you secure your education networks

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According to TrendMicro, education has become the second-leading target of cybersecurity attacks.

It’s not hard to understand why, as schools and colleges serve diverse and highly susceptible populations that connect to networks from a mix of devices. And, the reality is, many times your networks are not as well protected as those in other sectors.

How vulnerable is your school?

The most common attacks on education networks include distributed denial of service (DDoS), ransomware, and phishing scams.

Whatever the cause, network security breaches can be costly to rectify. They can result in the theft of students’ private information, putting schools in violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

They can also do lasting damage to your school’s reputation, and even result in liability lawsuits.

Don’t wait to learn the hard way – there are steps you can take to help safeguard your networks from cybercriminals.

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A plan for better network security

By following a combination of technology and common-sense practices, you can help lessen the dangers of security breaches. In a recently published AT&T white paper, we share insightful details on six network security strategies for education leaders to consider:

  1. Educate your users
  2. Keep all operating systems up to date, and apply regular security patches
  3. Practice defense in depth
  4. Consider using multifactor authentication
  5. Pay attention to security in the cloud
  6. Invest in DDoS security

To help you bolster your defenses against cyberattacks, AT&T offers a variety of network security solutions that are carrier-agnostic, meaning your schools can take advantage of these services regardless of who provides your network or internet services.

Read the new Helping to Secure Education Networks white paper to learn more about what you can do to secure your schools’ networks with services for cloud web security, secure email gateways, threat analysis, and DDoS defense.

John Irwin Senior Vice President AT&T About John