Weekly Tech Tidbit – Remote Risks and Compliance Part II – Secure and Reliable Communications

Last week I talked about the importance of Cloud Backup in our new remote teaching and learning and back-office school environments.

This week I am going to talk about secure and reliable communications.

The reality is that the number one threat to your network is your users clicking on attachments or web links that lead to bad places that can potentially launch an attack against the user and ultimately your physical and cloud network resources.

Tech Tidbit – Closing Time. Protocols and Processes that have to go!

For the last few years Microsoft has been talking about "Modern" this or "Modern" that.  In the quest for improved security they are agressively trying to move everyone to more modern protocols.  The impending LDAPS changes are an example of this.   However, there are more processes and protocols that they are urging you to retire.

Cisco Pandemic Assistance for K-12 – Free Security Options For Your Endpoints

Cisco is trying to do their part during the Pandemic.

If you are a Cisco AMP, Cisco DUO, Cisco Umbrella, or Cisco AnyConnect client, Cisco is allowing you to increase your license counts - without cost to the district - until July 1, 2020.  This allows you to truly do the right thing for all your endpoints to keep your district as secure as possible to finish out this school year.

Weekly Tech Tidbit – Secure Remote Access

As I write this on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, I do hope that this message finds you well and staying safe as we all adapt to our new normal under the COVID-19 regulations. We all hope this lasts as short a time as possible. Rest assured that the team at CSI seamlessly transitioned into our remote work environment, and we continue to monitor your networks and respond to your service requests as usual.

Weekly Tech Tidbit – Cyber Safety for Students

This week’s Tech Tidbit is shorter on my thoughts and words since the attached link below contains lots of reading on its own.

For the start of the new school year the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), part of the US Dept of Homeland Security’s National Cyber Awareness System put out a nice document with a collection of information and tool kits all based around Cyber Safety for Students.

Weekly Tech Tidbit – Rethinking SSLs

We harp on the fact that if you have *ANY* VPN, or remote access capabilities into your district, you *MUST* use a commercial SSL certificate and not a self-signed SSL - no exceptions.

However, an area of growing frustration is that many current browsers are starting to give warnings about whether or not you should trust a legitimate, non-infected, web site that doesn't have an SSL.

Many of you have heard me say time and again, "if we ask the end user a question, we have failed".   This is the latest iteration of that edict.