It's back-to-school season which means plenty of preparation is underway – by families and schools. While students scramble to fill backpacks, get haircuts and buy new shoes, schools are also in a last minute push to ready their classrooms and the learning tools they rely on. An increasingly common alternative to the traditional computer lab on school campuses is the distribution of laptops and tablets pre-loaded with student-focused software. While there’s no question classroom technology adoption creates powerful learning environments, it can also represent significant risk to all involved without important security precautions.
According to Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report, education ranks sixth in the U.S. for the total number of reported security incidents. Put more simply, education has become a popular target for cybercriminals looking to steal information. This is partly due to limited IT resources, a corresponding lack of IT support and strict budget guidelines. And while cybercriminals pose a big problem for educators, student misuse does too, with challenges ranging from device theft or loss to unauthorized application changes.
For schools to adequately assess risk and prevent exposure, administrators must be able to maintain continuous visibility and control over all school-owned endpoints. With that, four things can happen:
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