A Pioneer in Remote Learning, PA Cyber Relies on Absolute for Unbreakable Endpoint Resilience
The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) in Midland, PA is one of the largest, most experienced, most successful online K-12 public schools in the nation.
More than twenty years ago, students in western Pennsylvania lost their area high school and the nearest option for displaced students was across state lines in Ohio. Rather than send their students out of state, administrators stepped in with a bold, all-new approach and launched a fully online school. Today, PA Cyber offers online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula with state-certified and highly qualified teachers and rich academic content that is aligned with state standards. Their tuition-free education is available for every school-aged child who resides in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
It’s also a flourishing remote learning environment many other schools are now trying to duplicate.
PA Cyber is a pioneer in remote learning. And because they have been so far out front in the field, “we were able to find the potholes before people even knew there were potholes,” said Dean Phillips, Director of Technology at PA Cyber. “By the time the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we had already evolved into a bulletproof system.”
With approximately 15,000 devices spread across Pennsylvania, Phillips and his team needed a way to manage and secure the devices remotely. And because budgets are always tight, they also needed a way to recover devices in a timely manner and ensure students returned the school-owned equipment.
PA Cyber first turned to the Absolute Control® solution to gain unbreakable visibility into device location and the ability to remotely freeze and wipe them if they weren’t returned. With the later addition of Absolute’s Application Persistence™ service, Phillips and his team can now also ensure an always-on, two-way connection to their IT management solution, Kaseya®, which they use to remotely push out security patches, new applications and scripts.
After years of experimenting with how best to manage and secure their devices, PA Cyber now has a fully automated remote help desk for their students, faculty, and staff. Application Persistence ensures this critical application is always working through an undeletable self-healing connection that has a comprehensive library of automated workflows.