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Evaluating your virtual risk when using the internet

There are many school districts now working remotely, and all that online work comes with the risk of cyberattacks.

Posted: Sep 16, 2020 6:12 PM

There are more people working remotely than ever before, and that includes students. All that online activity also comes with risk.

"Don’t let your kids use your work laptops."

Nicholas Polce is a Solutions Architect for M.A. Polce Consulting. He says hackers are always looking to extract personal information any way they can.

"All of the sudden everybody had to migrate home, and now they’re using their work laptops, and the kids got to get on his zoom call for his class, and it’s there and it’s convenient, but that opens up a lot of risk to the organization that you work for and the kids honestly."

While there are technologies that limit the amount of accessibility a person can obtain, it’s human error that often contributes to the biggest security breaches.

"There’s a lot that goes into securing the environments, and first and foremost it is training. We strongly believe as an organization that user awareness training is going to help mitigate a lot of those vulnerabilities and a lot of that risk to these students and staff and to anybody else really."

Multifactor authentication is the number one security process recommended anytime it’s available. It’s especially important for banking, emails, or anything that has your personal information linked to it.

"Security is a layered approach, and if you don’t attack each individual layer through the attack continuum, you’re going to miss stuff and that’s where you open yourself up. So we do have a layered approach that first and foremost starts around end user security and end user awareness training."

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