Making the Digital World Safer for Children

ACSI is proud to be sponsoring the 2018 ATLE Professional Development Day for Alberta School Zones 2 & 3 on May 18th in Edmonton. As it is coming up, it is prudent to explore what IT administrators, educators, and parents can do to make the digital world safer for children.

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Attending Aruba’s Atmosphere 2018 Conference

The last week of March, I joined over 3,000 tech experts to partake in Aruba’s Atmosphere 2018, a conference in Las Vegas that was an amazing opportunity not only to watch notable speakers, but also to keep up with the emerging trends in enterprise-class wireless, wired and security. These are my three takeaways from attending this fantastic event.

HPE Acquired Cape Networks

This new acquisition will give Aruba’s A.I.-powered networking capabilities a distinct advantage over their competitors. With artificial intelligence in security systems, this service will keep clients one step ahead of service quality issues by allowing their IT to stay ahead of these issues before they even happen and by allowing them to find solutions faster. This will ultimately lower the cost of their operations as a whole, which is advantageous for everyone. For this reason, clients are guaranteed to have better visibility, technology, and business IT.

Paired with Aruba NetInsight (formerly Rasa), Cape Networks’ solution to cybersecurity delivers detailed A.I.-powered analytics and assurance. This will give your IT department the advantage to quickly adapt to changes in the user, device, application, and network environments, which increases your chances of being protected from cyber threats.

IoT Connectivity Affects Everyone

It’s fascinating to think about the connectivity between our phones, email accounts, and fingerprint data. While this connectivity has made usability easier for all of us, it has impacted the workplace, the way we connect with others, and even the way we get around. With these advances in the Internet of Things (IoT), the risk and threat are evolving. With more connectivity, more opportunities at breaching devices present themselves. This means that cybersecurity is often compromised for usability.

While imagining the ways in which computer devices are under threat of cyberattacks is daunting, we must consider what we can do to be one step ahead of cyber-attacks. These attacks affect any and all devices that are connected via the cloud.

Cyber Security Changes with New Challenges

With the rise of mobile, cloud, and IoT technology, cybersecurity has become a greater focal point. These changes in IoT have impacted the way in which people learn, too. With more educational institutions adopting a BYOD (bring your own device) approach to their instruction and with students preferring a tech-savvy institution (85%), universities are finding that student success relies on a network that is informed, reliable, and smart. That means that students’ data is secure and can predict and stay ahead of internet security breaches.

Data shows that 97% of K12 CIOs predict an increase in cybersecurity threats because of the expected increase of IoT incorporation into core functional areas and because of the importance and relevance of Wi-Fi to an organization’s mission.

Related: How to Protect Your School from Cyberattacks

Stay Ahead of Security Breaches

With the ever-changing security challenges, the cloud is ever-present and constant, which leaves IoT vulnerable to attacks that could potentially come from the inside. Take the May 2017 hack of Canadian company HBC. Patrons of this company were victims of a security breach announced this breach to the public on April 1, 2018, explaining that they had discovered the data security issue involving customer payment card data at Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks OFF 5TH, and Lord & Taylor stores in North America. This breach of HBC’s credit card system is just one example of how easy cyberattacks are.

With every cybersecurity breach, it is projected that companies can lose approximately $3M per incident. These problems are worth millions of dollars and it is important that companies stay in line with the changes in technology and cybersecurity. Attending Atmosphere 2019 is just one way I plan to stay ahead of the game.

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