Cyberhygiene Tips for K-12 Users

Cyberhygiene Tips for K-12 Users

Keeping Staff and Students Safe

While cyber attacks in the education sector are often targeted at higher education institutions, threats to K-12 schools are on the rise. Schools continue to experience cyber incidents, despite the rise of cybersecurity.

As more K-12 students use data to fuel education innovation, they are becoming a more enticing target for hackers. With this in mind, check out these three tips that every school and its IT administrator should teach their end users.

Digital Citizenship

For many schools, digital citizenship training is required before their students are even issued devices. Children need to be aware that whatever they put on the internet will be out there forever. They should know how to protect themselves by identifying hackers, cyberbullies, and scammers.

Be Aware of Phishing Risks

Scammers are getting better at tailoring their attacks to the education sector. While schools frequently use suites like G Suite for Education and Microsoft Office 365, they are particularly vulnerable to recent spear phishing attacks that look like a Google or Microsoft alert. K-12 leaders should regularly educate their users on phishing scams and basic safety.

Stress Importance of Backups and Updates

For all Internet users, backups are a great first step to staying protected from hackers and scammers. Backups are the first defense to keep hackers from profiting from a ransomware attack – a strike that locks down a server’s data through high-level encryption. Teach children how to back up all critical information and store it on an offline device.

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