Security as an Enabler of eLearning in K-12 and Higher Education

As corporate and consumer technology progresses at a breakneck pace, innovators in education work feverishly to harness emerging capabilities. Everything from analytics to robotics are finding their way into today’s leading-edge schools.

Teachers and administrators at all levels—from kindergartens to medical schools, and beyond—are utilizing new technologies. Some promise to enhance engagement and comprehension for students who might not thrive in a traditional environment. Others personalize lessons so that each student moves at his or her own pace. Such tools have enormous promise to improve learning and provide insights into student progress that were simply impossible just a few years ago. INTRODUCTION On the flip side, however, these distributed and often lessprotected technologies expand the attack surface of a higher-education institution or K-12 school district, potentially opening the door to data thieves and others looking to wreak havoc through a network intrusion. And despite limited IT resources, schools must be vigilant in mitigating the security risks presented by emerging technologies.

IT managers and IT administrators in the education sector who are designing data protection and threat-prevention measures for their institutions need to take into account that:

  • Education technology will continue to evolve rapidly.
  • Emerging tools create new application and data vulnerabilities by adding complexity and expanding the attack surface.
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