Cyber Security tips as schools pursue online learning

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- More and more schools have incorporated teaching classes using websites like Zoom during the pandemic. But this digital age has brought on a new problem for some schools: Cybercrime.

Video conference classrooms and other remote learning tools have been essential this year, after schools across the nation closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. But with new technology comes new problems. With the rise of online learning, some have voiced their concerns about cybersecurity.

Since January of 2016, close to 900 cybersecurity incidents have been documented by K through 12 public schools and districts, according to the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center. But experts say there are ways to combat these problems.

“Work with the IT people, make sure all of their devices are up to date, make sure you have passwords on everything, make sure the students are using things correctly,” says Lucas Haerle, a network engineer with Information Technolgy Solutions, Corp.

And though some attacks can’t be avoided, he says regular training of both teachers and students should help keep schools safe. “It’s very very rare that a hacker will actually try to maliciously attack, thankfully, modern cybersecurity experts are extremely experienced, and it’s safer now than it has been for a long time,” says Haerle.

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