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Schools are facing increasing pressure to protect their networks from cyber-threats while maintaining access for their users. It can be difficult to strike a balance at a time when the pace of cyber-attacks has ramped up dramatically.

Here are four (4) key steps to help school IT leaders to boost their cybersecurity while balancing the needs of their users:

  1. Be proactive in your efforts to keep up with the latest defensive technologies by investigating and acquiring the latest tools in support of your defensive strategies.

  2. Schools must focus on the end-user experience and deliver training programs to help students, faculty, and staff understand and respond to cyberthreats.

  3. Ensure you have an Incident Response Plan (IRP) in place to address all digital activities and data moving across the network and to define your response mechanisms for system recovery.

  4. Implement a layered defense which includes mechanisms for ongoing monitoring and threat detection, as well as advanced threat protection software.

By implementing these four key steps, schools can establish a solid footing to defend against cyberattacks and safeguard their data and systems while still maintaining an open-access network environment.

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