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Tech & Learning | Lateral Phishing: What K-12 Schools Need to Know

by Sateesh Narahari, Tech & Learning

Students and teachers in K-12 school districts use technology in the classroom for learning, teaching, administrative operations, and to have real-time conversations. With the rise of cloud apps such as Google G Suite and Microsoft Office 365, it’s no secret that students and staff are online during the school day–sending emails and sharing files–more than ever before. In the education sector, email apps like Gmail, Outlook, and Exchange are a must-have to share files and assignments in order to support today’s age of digital learning. As a result, billions of emails are sent every day.

What Is Lateral Phishing?

Lateral phishing is a phishing campaign executed by an external threat–such as a hacker–but the email is sent from a school district’s compromised account to other accounts within the organization. In the case of K-12 school districts, this means the email is sent from a student, staff, or faculty member’s hijacked account.

Since the email with malicious content is being sent from an internal school district account, the attack may not be caught by IT teams and can operate undetected for a long period of time. this could lead to more than one account becoming compromised in the same school, or another school within the district and the task of putting a stop to the phishing campaign becomes exponentially more difficult to contain.

In K-12, The Perimeter Is No More

K-12 education now lives in a post-perimeter world. Not only do IT teams need to monitor inbound and outbound traffic, but they also need to be monitoring what is inside the internal emails exchanged within a school district. Whether it be an email from a student to a teacher (or vice versa), a teacher to another teacher, or a teacher to a staff member (or vice versa).

Today, students, staff, and faculty bring their laptops and mobile devices home–outside of a school’s network–but still exchange data with one another inside a cloud application. This means a school district’s security perimeter isn’t as defined as it once was. Furthermore, one could argue a perimeter no longer exists because people are more mobile today than before.

But yet, the education market continues to look at cybersecurity from a traditional view, focusing on network firewalls, email gateways, and message transfer agents (MTA). When in reality, K-12 education needs to shift focus to monitoring what is taking place inside an application at all times. Here are three reasons why…

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eSchool News | FETC 2020 Recap: STEM, Safety, and Students Take Center Stage

by Eileen Belastock, eSchool News

Student engagement and empowerment were evident at FETC 2020 in Miami, FL. Topics ran the gamut from the latest tech tools and personalized learning strategies to funding, supporting, and sustaining district technology initiatives.

Student safety and student data privacy were on the mind of every CTO, IT professional, and district administrator at FETC 2020

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Sessions including “What Every District Leader Needs to Know about Cyber Security,” and “Cyber Security Measures and Assessments” highlighted critical strategies that every district should implement to combat cyber-attacks. The “How to Find Technology That Improves School Safety” panel focused on the do’s and don’ts when it comes to safety solutions.

Software companies such as Impero, Securly, Gaggle, GoGuardian, Mimecast, and ManagedMethods offered district tech leaders optimal student safety options ranging from protecting student data to protect students from self-harm, inappropriate content, and potential violence…

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ManagedMethods Recognized in Built In Colorado’s 2020 Best Places to Work

Built In Colorado 2020 Best Small Places to Work ManagedMethodsBoulder, Colo.,—January 15, 2020—ManagedMethods, a leading Google G Suite and Microsoft Office 365 data security and student safety platform for K-12 school districts, today announced it has been named in Built In Colorado’s list of Best Small Places to Work in 2020. Companies are selected based on data submitted by companies and their employees.

“It is an honor to have ManagedMethods included on this year’s list of Best Places to Work,” said Charlie Sander, Chief Executive Officer at ManagedMethods. “We made great strides in 2019 in growing our team and creating a culture full of passionate, curious, and hard-working people. Our team is excited to build on the growth path set in 2019, and we expect 2020 will be a big year for ManagedMethods as we continue our mission to protect K-12 students and the staff working to make schools a safer place online.”

K-12 school districts have increased their use of cloud applications, such as G Suite and Office 365, and students now spend more time in the digital world as a result. ManagedMethods’ mission is to make it possible for schools to realize the benefits of cloud applications without exposing students and staff to the cybersecurity risks affecting K-12 school districts today. ManagedMethods currently secures over 1 million user accounts in over 600 schools across the U.S. and Canada.

“We extend our heartfelt congratulations to our 2020 honorees,” said Maria Christopoulos Katris, CEO and co-founder of Built In. “Built In aims to change lives by connecting talented tech professionals with jobs they were born to do. These companies have become part of that mission because they stand for more than just the work they’re doing. They stand for their people and purpose.”

She added: “We also extend our gratitude. These companies exemplify what it means to be an employer of choice for today’s purpose-driven tech workforce. Writing about them inspires us daily and, in terms of our offering, gives us total confidence that the professionals who visit our websites will find work that gives them a strong sense of professional and personal meaning.”

To learn more about ManagedMethods and its award-winning G Suite and Office 365 data security and student safety platform, please visit ManagedMethods.com.

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ManagedMethods Named A Winner of the 2019 Cloud Computing Security Excellence Awards

2019 Cloud Security Excellence Awards Winner ManagedMethods Cloud Computing MagazineBoulder, Colo.,—January 9, 2020—ManagedMethods, a leading Google G Suite and Microsoft Office 365 data security and student safety platform for K-12 school districts, today announced it has been named as a 2019 Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award winner in the Cloud Security category.

“K-12 school districts are increasing their use of cloud applications, including G Suite and Office 365, and we’re proud to be recognized by Cloud Computing Magazine as a platform helping schools protect against the data security risks that come with cloud computing,” said Charlie Sander, Chief Executive Officer at ManagedMethods. “Protecting against cybersecurity risks will be a large focus of K-12 schools in 2020 and beyond. We look forward to further supporting the schools in need.”

The Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award, presented by Cloud Computing Magazine, recognizes companies in two distinct categories—Cloud-Delivered Security and Cloud Security—that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market.

Schools continue to adopt G Suite and Office 365, and cybersecurity and student safety have converged as a result. Students and staff spend more time in the digital world, store massive amounts of sensitive information in the cloud, and are now a top target for cyber attacks. Because of the growing demand for G Suite and Office 365 data security, ManagedMethods today secures over 1 million student and staff accounts in over 600 schools across the U.S. and Canada.

“Recognizing leaders in the advancement of cloud computing, TMC and Cloud Computing Magazine are proud to announce ManagedMethods as a recipient of the Cloud Computing Security Excellence Award,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “ManagedMethods is being honored for their achievement in bringing innovation and excellence to this crucial market segment.”

The announcement of ManagedMethods’ award win comes off the heels of the company’s announcement of its Microsoft Education Specialist Certification.

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ManagedMethods Earns Microsoft Education Specialist Certification

Microsoft Education Specialist Partner Network (MPN) ManagedMethods CertificationBoulder, Colo.,—January 7, 2020—ManagedMethods, a leading cloud application security provider, today announced the company is now a Microsoft Education Specialist partner. As an education member of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN), ManagedMethods is well-equipped to continue supporting K-12 school districts in protecting cloud applications and securing sensitive student and staff information.

“We’re seeing rapid adoption rates of Microsoft Office 365 across the education market. As a result, K-12 school districts are becoming more exposed to the risks of operating in the cloud,” said Charlie Sander, Chief Executive Officer at ManagedMethods. “Office 365 is one of the most widely deployed cloud services and we look forward to helping schools experience the collaboration benefits of the cloud — without exposing themselves to emerging security risks.”

Today, there are more than 900 million devices running Windows 10 and over 200 million monthly active users of Office 365 worldwide. ManagedMethods’ partnership with Microsoft Education is a key component in helping school districts running on Office 365 remain compliant with federal and state regulations, including FERPA, COPPA, and CSPC.

“We welcome ManagedMethods to Microsoft’s Education ISV Partner Go-to-Market (GTM) campaign. This collaboration allows CIOs to develop partnerships with industry experts that can keep education institutions and students safe and their data safeguarded.” Jim Federico, Principal Product Manager, Education, Microsoft Corp.

IT teams have access to more robust data security and student safety monitoring and controls. While Microsoft provides excellent native security features, many district system administrators enjoy the additional layer of security to protect students, families, and staff from the litany of cyber threats targeting schools today. ManagedMethods has also built unique student safety monitoring capabilities into the product to help administrative staff identify explicit content, cyberbullying, and self-harm red flags within school Office 365 accounts.

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ManagedMethods Recognized as a Winner in Tech & Learning’s 2019 Awards of Excellence Contest

ManagedMethods 2019 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence Winner Best Use of a Product in a DistrictBoulder, Colo.,—December 12, 2019—ManagedMethods, a leading Google G Suite and Microsoft Office 365 data security and student safety platform for K-12 school districts, today announced it has been recognized for “Best use of a product in a district” in Tech & Learning magazine’s 2019 Awards of Excellence contest.

K-12 school districts have increased their use of cloud applications, including G Suite and Office 365. While these cloud applications provide cost savings and classroom collaboration benefits, they also come with serious security and compliance challenges for district IT teams. ManagedMethods’ mission is to secure the sensitive personal information, and financial futures, of tens of millions of school children, and people working to make our communities a safer place.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Tech & Learning as a platform helping K-12 IT teams manage data security risks and detect student safety signals when using G Suite and/or Office 365,” said Charlie Sander, Chief Executive Officer at ManagedMethods. “With limited budgets and staff, protecting against cybersecurity risks can be difficult for K-12 schools. We’re working closely with IT leaders and system administrators in the industry to build a powerful platform specifically for their needs.”

Students spend more time in the digital world than ever before, and more school districts continue to adopt G Suite and Office 365. As a result, the traditionally separate areas of cybersecurity and student safety have converged. At the same time, schools have become a top target for hackers. Today, ManagedMethods secures over 1 million user accounts in over 600 schools across the U.S. and Canada. The company recently announced significant growth in the third quarter of 2019, due to increasing demand for solutions addressing this overlap in K-12 schools.

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ManagedMethods Continues Growth With a 539 Percent Revenue Increase Year-over-Year in Q3 2019

Boulder, Colo.,—November 5, 2019—ManagedMethods, a leading provider of cloud application security solutions, today announced a 539 percent increase in revenue in the third quarter of 2019, compared to the third quarter of 2018.

ManagedMethods’ cloud application security platform is built specifically for IT and InfoSec managers of K-12 school districts tasked to address a new cloud security landscape with limited budgets. Today, K-12 schools face difficult cyber safety and security issues, in addition to maintaining compliance with state and federal data regulations, protecting student and staff personally identifiable information (PII), and creating a safe learning environment. All while tussling with societal issues and cyber criminals.

“The K-12 education market has continued to embrace cloud applications, such as Google G Suite and Microsoft Office 365, for the numerous productivity benefits. However, this market is now an opportune target for cyber criminals and is in need of emerging security solutions,” said Charlie Sander, Chief Executive Officer of ManagedMethods. “Our growth is a testament to the entire team’s ability to build a platform that empowers schools with continuous visibility and control across cloud applications. We look forward to continuing to keep sensitive data secure, and students and staff safe online.”

For ManagedMethods, the third quarter of 2019 also brought the following achievements:

  • Industry Recognition: ManagedMethods received seven awards in the third quarter of 2019, including a Cloud Security Startup of the Year win in the 2019 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards, a 2019 Cyber Defense Global Award for Saas/Cloud Security, a 2019 Stratus Award for Cloud Computing and four awards in the 2019 Golden Bridge Awards, including Company of the Year in Security Cloud/SaaS.
  • Customer Recognition: ManagedMethods was recognized by G2 Crowd as a High-Performer leader for Cloud Data Security in this year’s G2 Grid.
  • New Partners: ManagedMethods formed new strategic partnerships in the K-12 education sector with Technology Resource Advisors and K12 Technology Solutions, further expanding ManagedMethods’ foothold in the market.
  • New Customers: ManagedMethods welcomed new K-12 school districts, including Aurora Public Schools (CO), Hutto ISD (TX), Everman ISD (TX), Kettle Moraine School District (WI) and Vallecito Union School District (CA) as new customers — adding over 120,000 user accounts — in the third quarter of 2019.

ManagedMethods today secures over 1 million cloud application user accounts in over 600 schools across the U.S. and Canada. K-12 IT teams continue to switch to ManagedMethods because of its data security and top-rated customer support.

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ManagedMethods Named SaaS/Cloud Security Winner in 2019 Cyber Defense Global Awards

CyberDefenseGlobalAwards_Award_Press-Release-Image-smallBoulder, Colo.,—October 18, 2019—ManagedMethods, a leading provider of cloud application security solutions, today announced it has been named a 2019 Cyber Defense Global Award winner for SaaS/Cloud Security by Cyber Defense Magazine.

ManagedMethods’ mission is to secure the sensitive personal information, and financial futures, of tens of millions of school children, businesses with big ideas and people working to make our communities a safer place. Focusing primarily on K-12 school districts, higher education, local governments and mid-market companies, ManagedMethods is built specifically for IT and InfoSec managers of organizations with limited budgets addressing the new cloud security landscape.

“We’re proud to be recognized by Cyber Defense Magazine as an industry-leading cloud security technology empowering IT teams in need of solutions that address the security risks and challenges cloud computing creates,” said Charlie Sander, Chief Executive Officer at ManagedMethods. “ManagedMethods has worked closely with IT leaders and system administrators in various industries to build a powerful platform. We look forward to further protecting organizations from the cybersecurity risks seen today.”

Organizations in the education market continue to increasingly embrace cloud applications, including Google G Suite and Microsoft Office 365, and have become key targets for cyber threats. Today, ManagedMethods secures over 1 million cloud application user accounts in over 500 schools across the U.S. and Canada, and K-12 IT teams continue to switch to ManagedMethods due to its data security and top-rated customer support.

“We’re thrilled to name ManagedMethods a SaaS/Cloud Security winner in our Global Awards program. The company won this award because it pioneered cloud application security — an innovative approach to defeating the next generation of cyber criminals,” said Gary S. Miliefsky, Publisher, Cyber Defense Magazine.

About Cyber Defense Global Awards

This is Cyber Defense Magazine’s seventh year of honoring InfoSec innovators from around the globe. Our submission requirements are for any startup, early stage, later stage or public companies in the Information Security space who believe they have a unique and compelling value proposition for their product or service. In this program, we are particularly interested in highlighting cybersecurity companies who have a presence outside of the USA and/or a more global focus. Learn more at CyberDefenseAwards.com.

About Cyber Defense Magazine

With over 2 Million annual readers and growing, and over 8,000 pages of searchable online infosec content, Cyber Defense Magazine is the premier source of IT Security information. We are managed and published by and for ethical, honest, passionate information security professionals. Our mission is to share cutting-edge knowledge, real-world stories and awards on the best ideas, products and services in the information technology industry. We deliver electronic magazines every month online for free, and limited special editions exclusively for the RSA Conference USA, Black Hat USA and IPEXPO Europe. CDM is a proud member of the Cyber Defense Media Group. Learn more about us at CyberDefenseMagazine.com and CyberDefenseTV.com and CyberDefenseRadio.com to see and hear some of the most informative interviews of many of these winning company executives.

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ManagedMethods Wins 2019 Stratus Award for Cloud Computing

Stratus Award Winner 2019 500pxBoulder, Colo.,—October 10, 2019—ManagedMethods, a leading provider of cloud application security solutions, today announced it has been named a winner in the 2019 Stratus Awards for Cloud Computing by Business Intelligence Group.

ManagedMethods’s cloud application security platform is built specifically for IT and InfoSec managers of organizations with limited budgets addressing this new cloud security landscape. ManagedMethods’s mission is to secure the sensitive personal information and financial futures of tens of millions of school children, businesses with big ideas and people working to make our communities a safer place.

“IT teams are becoming increasingly aware of the unique security risks and access challenges cloud computing is creating,” said Charlie Sander, Chief Executive Officer of ManagedMethods. “Our mission is to make it possible for organizations to realize the benefits of cloud applications without exposing themselves to these security risks, and we’re proud of the work we’ve done to date in developing an industry-leading cloud security technology that empowers IT teams in need of such solutions.”

School districts are increasingly embracing cloud applications, including Google G Suite and Microsoft Office 365. As a result, they have become prime targets for cyber threats that have led to millions of records being exposed and thousands of data breach incidents. Today, ManagedMethods secures over 1,000,000 cloud app user accounts in over 500 schools in the U.S. and Canada. K-12 IT teams are increasingly switching to ManagedMethods due to the company’s excellent data security tools, affordability, and top-rated customer support.

“ManagedMethods is at the forefront of cloud security, helping to drive practical innovations in the cloud,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer of Business Intelligence Group. “The cloud is now part of the fabric of our personal and professional lives and we are thrilled that our volunteer judges were able to help promote all of these innovative services, organizations and executives.”

About Business Intelligence Group

The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry and business award programs, business executives judge the programs. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers.

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ManagedMethods Named Cloud Security Startup of the Year in 2019 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards

CyberSecurity_Breakthrough_Award_500pxBoulder, Colo.,—October 3, 2019—ManagedMethods, a leading provider of cloud application security solutions, today announced it has been named the winner of the “Cloud Security Startup of the Year” award from CyberSecurity Breakthrough, a leading independent market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global information security market today.

Companies are increasingly embracing cloud applications, including Google G Suite and Microsoft Office 365, and have become prime targets for cyber threats that have led to tens of thousands of data breach incidents — exposing millions of records. ManagedMethods’s mission is to secure the sensitive personal information, and financial futures, of tens of millions of school children, businesses with big ideas and people working to make our communities a safer place.

“As the cloud security industry consolidates, many vendors have lost sight on emphasizing customer satisfaction and service,” said Charlie Sander, Chief Executive Officer of ManagedMethods. “ManagedMethods is hyper-focused on creating highly satisfied customers with a high-quality product that not only solves many of their problems but also provides an excellent level of customer support that companies do not experience with the large security vendors. We are pleased to receive this industry recognition and 2019 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Award.”

ManagedMethods’s cloud application security platform is built specifically for IT and InfoSec managers of organizations with limited budgets, addressing this new cloud security landscape. Today, ManagedMethods secures over 1,000,000 cloud app user accounts in over 500 schools in the U.S. and Canada. K-12 IT teams are quickly switching to ManagedMethods from other vendors due to its excellent data security tools, affordability, and top-rated customer support.

“ManagedMethods is already an established cloud security leader in the education market, and they are now taking their innovative platform to the commercial market,” said James Johnson, managing director, CyberSecurity Breakthrough. “As millions of larger companies have now moved to Google G Suite and other cloud-based applications, ManagedMethods is in a prime position to move upstream and empower these larger enterprises to combat today’s complicated cloud security issues. We extend a hearty congratulations to the ManagedMethods team on their well-deserved 2019 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Award designation.”

The mission of the CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of information security categories, including Cloud Security, Threat Detection, Risk Management, Fraud Prevention, Mobile Security, Email Security, and many more. This year’s program attracted more than 3,500 nominations from over 15 countries throughout the world.

About CyberSecurity Breakthrough

Part of Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, the CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence in information security and cybersecurity technology companies, products and people. For more information visit CyberSecurityBreakthrough.com.

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