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August 7, 2023

By implementing these cybersecurity practices, educational institutions can create a safer online environment for students, staff, and faculty as they embark on the new school year.

  1. Strong Passwords: Encourage students, teachers, and staff to use strong and unique passwords for their accounts. Consider using a password manager to keep track of multiple passwords securely.
  2. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Enable MFA wherever possible. This adds an extra layer of security by requiring a second form of authentication, such as a code sent to a phone or email, in addition to a password.
  3. Device Security:
    • Keep devices updated with the latest operating system and software updates, including security patches.
    • Install reputable antivirus and anti-malware software on devices used for school work.
  4. Wi-Fi Security:
    • Use secure, password-protected Wi-Fi networks, especially for online classes or accessing sensitive information.
    • Avoid public or unsecured Wi-Fi networks for accessing school-related content.
  5. Phishing Awareness:
    • Educate students and staff about phishing scams and how to recognize suspicious emails, links, or attachments.
    • Encourage verifying the sender’s email address and not clicking on unknown links.
  6. Secure File Sharing:
    • Use secure file-sharing platforms provided by the school for sharing assignments and documents.
    • Avoid sharing sensitive information through unsecured channels.
  7. Social Media Privacy:
    • Adjust privacy settings on social media accounts to limit what personal information is visible to the public.
    • Be cautious about sharing personal information online.
  8. Safe Online Behavior:
    • Teach students about responsible online behavior, including being respectful in online communications and not sharing personal information.
  9. Data Backup:
    • Regularly back up important files and documents to a secure cloud storage or external drive.
  10. Software and App Downloads:
    • Only download software and apps from trusted sources, such as official app stores.
    • Review and understand the permissions requested by apps before granting access.
  11. Data Encryption:
    • Use encryption tools or services for sensitive communications and data storage.
  12. Privacy Settings:
    • Review and adjust privacy settings on educational platforms and tools to control what information is shared.
  13. Cybersecurity Education:
    • Provide training and resources to students, teachers, and staff about cybersecurity best practices and potential threats.
  14. Incident Reporting:
    • Establish a process for reporting any cybersecurity incidents or suspicious activities promptly.



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