K-12 education has been turned upside down. Remote learning is obviously the term du jour. At the same time as we are figuring out what remote instruction means, school districts still have to keep the buildings safe and run all the back-office functions.
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These have been extraordinary times for the world, our country, our school districts and our families. We are implementing remote learning plans and remote access plans to keep the district functioning in this time of social distancing, crowd restrictions and mandated closings.
Earlier this month, on March 2, NIST formalized a significant number of changes to its password recommendations as part of the final release of its updated Digital Identify Guidelines document or NIST publication SP 800-63-3. The full document which includes three additional sister documents (800-63A, 800-63B & 800-63C) is here: https://csrc.
As part of our client school district’s response for Corona virus preparedness, we see an uptick in requests for VPN access into the school district’s networks. With the potential increase in VPN users and remote connections into your district’s systems, we thought now would be a good time to remind you of a few best practices […]
This morning I read the headline that a second New York school district has shutdown over Coronavirus concerns. The question becomes how does a school district function if school is closed for an extended period of time? Besides the obvious impacts to teaching and learning there is a whole lot of back office processes that […]
We have all had at a flood of information come at us in the last nine months regarding ransomware, malware, and cyber security options from all different quarters (cyber-seminars, vendors, various government agencies, and from even yours truly). It is easy to see how one could get a bit lost as to how to decide […]
Microsoft has announced they are tightening the security standards for LDAP communications on Microsoft Active Directory networks. This has huge implications as there are so many things in a typical school district’s use that require some form of LDAP communication.
In the continuing quest to battle ransomware in our networks, as well as other types of malware, just this month (Jan 2020) the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a brand-new guide to assist in this battle.
Happy New Year! Unfortunately, there is no rest for the weary fighting the battle to keep everyone safe. Today I read a couple of scary articles: “Couple says their Smart Home was hacked” Most of you are installing all of these IoT, IP enabled devices throughout your network.