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Distance Learning Solution Likely Increase Risks to Security of K-12 Education Sector Networks

May 8, 2020Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center and Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center
Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center logo and. the Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center logo. Joint Cyber Bulletin.

Measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 have forced school systems to implement distance learning solutions in an effort to continue students’ educations. Distance learning solutions, however, carry inherent security vulnerabilities that increase risk to the school system’s network, primarily through the incorporation and reliance on home networks. Wireless home routers and endpoint devices connected to home networks could constitute potentially significant vulnerabilities to the school networks. These vulnerabilities can be largely mitigated through the implementation of cybersecurity best practices by home users (students and their families, faculty, and staff) and school system IT administrators and staff.

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