K-12 Education: Protecting Student Data Wherever It Resides

New world, new threats

Today’s K-12 digital education environment opens the door wide to cyber-based threats such as ransomware and malware. Students are connecting to cloud-based learning platforms, video collaboration tools, and the Internet from their school-issued Chromebooks and personal devices to attend class and do their homework. All of this occurs outside of the school’s traditional security perimeter, placing students at greater risk.

Cyber criminals specifically target the education industry because it handles and stores large volumes of sensitive student data. According to the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, school districts are responsible for safeguarding data for more than 50 million U.S. students and their families. A child’s personally identifiable information (PII), like their social security number, is particularly valuable because a child’s identity is “fresh” and nefarious activity is less likely to be detected.

The Lookout Security Platform delivers a unified, converged solution purpose-built for K-12 education. It provides the comprehensive visibility and protection that keeps students and their families safe, and helps teachers and administrators comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

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Student data is at risk

  • In 2020, ransomware attacks affected 1,700 U.S. schools, colleges, and universities – a 100% increase from the previous year.
  • The average attack cost $2.73 million in downtime, repairs, and lost opportunities. In just one-month of 2021, educational organizations suffered over 5.8 million malware incidents.
  • K-12 school districts must take aggressive action to protect sensitive data. The loss of PII represents a FERPA violation. 
  • FERPA enforces its own set of penalties and consequences whose profound impacts could discourage districts from advancing their transformation initiatives for fear of exposing PII.
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Security solutions are outdated or insufficient

  • Legacy security solutions were designed to support the old K-12 education delivery model. 
  • They protect data and applications that reside “on-premises” in the school systems’ data centers. Many apps are now cloud-based.
  • The proliferation of hot-spots, Chromebooks, and personal mobile devices that help ensure no child is left behind means sensitive data lives and travels everywhere. 
  • Schools need modern security solutions that allow secure access to the Internet and cloud apps, and much more, to support digital education, keep kids safe, and maintain FERPA compliance.
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The Lookout Security Platform 

  • Eliminates the need for a patchwork of security solutions.
  • Controls and enables access to on-premises and cloud-based apps.
  • Offers endpoint protection for all devices students use to learn, collaborate, and do their homework.
  • Provides secure web gateway functionality for safe student web browsing by enforcing policies to block access to sites deemed inappropriate or outside of acceptable use.
  • Continuously assesses risk and dynamically blocks access to suspicious sites by analyzing information from 205+ million devices, 160+ million apps, and millions of web sites.
  • Preserves the student learning experience without invading the privacy of the apps and data residing on their personal devices.
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