by eSchool News staff
Latest research findings suggest school districts are under-protected against cyberattacks targeting data in cloud applications
ManagedMethods, the leading Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 cybersecurity, student safety, and compliance platform for education, today announced new research that found gaps in the cybersecurity strategies of district administrators when protecting their cloud collaboration and storage applications. The research findings were released in a special report, What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: New Survey Identifies Gaps in K-12 Cloud Security, commissioned by ManagedMethods and administered by the EdWeek Research Center.
The report reveals 30% of district administrators with at least a medium level of influence on technology decisions do not have a security platform to protect cloud applications. In total, half of respondents either did not have a platform in place or did not know if a platform had been implemented in their district.
“School districts have long led the charge into cloud technology by embracing Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 cloud applications. This new research tells us that some district administrators are unaware of the cybersecurity, safety, and privacy risks that come with using them,” said Charlie Sander, Chief Executive Officer at ManagedMethods. “Technology leaders need to know their cloud environments may be vulnerable, and that it’s their responsibility to secure them.”
District Leaders Believe Their Data Is Safe
Among district administrators, cloud security, safety, and privacy are not a concern, despite schools being heavily reliant on cloud applications. Sixty percent of respondents have a high level of confidence in the privacy and security of the data stored in their cloud applications.
- 37% are not concerned about data breaches and leaks.
- 45% are not concerned about compliance with state and federal laws that protect student data.
- 36% are not concerned about the sharing and viewing of explicit content on their devices.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from ManagedMethods authored by Jake Kasowski. Read the original post at: https://managedmethods.com/blog/eschool-news-new-managedmethods-report-reveals-30-percent-of-k-12-school-districts-lack-cloud-application-security/