by Charlie Sander, for Infosecurity Magazine

K-12 IT leaders are facing the difficult task of preparing their school districts for a year unlike any other.

Hundreds of millions of students and staff are turning to the cloud—with applications such as Google Classroom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom—to take the classroom remote.

Now, IT teams are updating their cybersecurity strategies to protect students and staff who are accessing cloud technology and data, both inside and outside the district network.

Their security landscape has changed as unsecure networks and personal devices are accessing district cloud environments and sensitive school data from home. At the same time, online activity is increasing significantly—with little visibility or control over it for IT admins.

Historically, K-12 cybersecurity teams focused primarily on on-premises security, such as firewalls, content filters, and MTAs. They must finally evolve their cybersecurity strategies to keep up with the shifting landscape.

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