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.

Cyberattacks Against Educational Institutions

Cyber attacks against educational institutions are becoming more and more popular because hackers see teachers and parents as being ill-equipped to deal with cyber threats. The lack of cybersecurity knowledge and that fact that schools hold sensitive data about students – such as the children’s’ medical records – makes them a hot target for cybercriminals.

Secure Network Access Built For Mobility

Discussions on the Internet of Things (IoT) have been very prominent in the enterprise technology world for some time now. However, we have not seen any real end-to-end IoT solutions -- until now.

With the emergence of IoT devices, the attack surface grew exponentially. This increase is because IoT devices can be managed by outside administrators and can be used to generate threats from remote locations.

According to Gartner, employees in today’s digital workplace use an average of three different devices in their daily routine. This number is expected to grow as wearable devices and IoT devices become more mainstream.

Since users can connect a variety of devices to wired and wireless connections, the concept of a fixed threat perimeter no longer exists. The increase of mobile and IoT devices open the enterprise network up to a variety of unforeseen risks, as well as security and compliance concerns. The need for more significant network security services is becoming necessary.

How IoT and Automation Are Changing the Security Network

Since its launch, the Internet of Things (IoT) has grown at an exponential rate.  Over the years, IoT has been introduced into almost every business sector and industry. In 2017, Gartner, Inc. predicted that 8.4 billion connected things would be used worldwide. The amount of IoT devices is predicted to almost triple by 2020.

IoT devices are not just used in the business sector. The consumer segment brought in the most IoT use with devices such as smart TVs, digital set-top boxes, home automation systems and smart automotive systems.

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