K12 Education Cloud Security Solutions: Cyber Safety & Cybersecurity
In an increasingly digital world, K12 school districts have cloud security tools available to them to help keep students safe and their information secure. Google has “taken over the classroom” with their affordable suite of education tools, including Google for Education and Chromebooks. While this trend is great for integrating education and technology, it has also raised some challenges for IT and campus safety teams.
Cyber Safety Cloud Security
K12 cloud security solutions can help school staff keep students safety from bodily harm. After transitioning to the cloud, school officials have been surprised to find how much personal information students share in Google apps. Important student safety issues such as cyberbullying, thoughts of suicide, violent threats, and explicit content can all be exposed in a matter of minutes using available machine learning technology in some cloud security solutions.
Cybersecurity Cloud Security
Cybersecurity is a big topic that K12 school districts need to take seriously, as student information is increasingly a target for cyber criminals. Any school using Google for Education or Office 365 for Education must have a cloud security solution in place to protect personally identifiable information and be in compliance with FERPA, COPPA, and other regulations. Cybersecurity keeps students, faculty, and staff secure from identity theft and financial loss. Further, regulations regarding the storage and protection of personally identifiable information mandate that these protections are put into place. Unfortunately, many IT managers in K12 education think that their firewall and/or gateways are enough to keep data stored in the cloud secure. This could not be further from the truth.
K12 Education Cloud Security Solutions: Is There A Difference?
The difference in the types of K12 education cloud security solutions really comes down to the specific vendor you’re evaluating (or have already). Some vendors specialize in cyber safety, such as Bark, Gaggle, and GoGuardian. Others specialize in cybersecurity, such as Cisco, Palo Alto, and McAfee.
For K12 schools looking to break the silos, or create redundancy and diversity in their security system, a cloud security solution like ManagedMethods may be your best bet. We grew up in the K12 education cloud security market with student safety and security in mind. ManagedMethods was built, and continues to be improved, in close partnership with K12 education system admin beta testers.
K12 Education Cloud Security Solutions Features
- Data Loss Prevention: Government regulations require K12 school districts to protect student data from malicious and accidental loss. Schools that operate in cloud applications, such as Google for Education and/or Office 365, without a cloud security solution are not in compliance with these regulations. A good K12 cloud security solution gives system admins the ability to automate data loss prevention using rules and policies.
- Malware & Threat Protection: Malware and phishing threats can attack a cloud environment through email links and attachments, as well as files, folders, and unsanctioned cloud applications. A cloud security solution helps IT and system admins quickly see risks where they exist in the system and delete or quarantine them before they can lead to bigger issues. They should also be able to customize automated threat protection rules to mitigate threats no matter when they arise.
- User Monitoring: Traditional network security tools cannot monitor user behavior within the cloud environment. This means that K12 education system admins need cloud security tools to see and control account behavior such as suspicious logins, suspicious sharing and downloads of files containing sensitive information and more.
- Content Scanning: Schools can use all the help they can get in keeping students safe in today’s world. With a K12 education cloud security solution in place, staff gains visibility into content that is being stored and shared in G Suite and/or Office 365. This means emails, files, and images that students use for cyberbullying, threats of suicide or violence, blackmail, and more can be caught by cloud security content scanners and flagged as inappropriate. The system can unshare, quarantine, or delete these types of files and automatically notify the proper administrator to take action.
- No Gateways, Agents, or Proxies: Students quickly find ways around device-based content filtering technology. With a cloud security solution in place, safety and security follow them anywhere they’re saving, sharing, sending or logged in to their Google for Education account.
- Low Cost: In most cases ManagedMethods comes in at a much lower price that others in the K12 Education space. We’re growing our K12 customer list like crazy; just ask around and you’re likely to find someone in your network who is either evaluating our cloud security solution or is already a customer (or you can read our case studies here).