On this episode of the My TechDecisions Podcast, Associate Editor Zachary Comeau speaks with John Shier, senior security advisor at cybersecurity firm Sophos, about how to safely reintroduce devices that have been at home since the start of the pandemic back to school networks.
Schools are beginning to welcome students and faculty back to the building full time as the pandemic begins to ease and vaccines are given, but those school-owned devices being reintroduced to the school’s network could be compromised.
Already, schools are increasingly targeted by malicious cyber actors, and U.S. agencies are warning K-12 institutions about an uptick in ransomware, data theft and other attack methods.
Shier advocates for a careful and methodical approach to bringing devices back onto the school’s main networks. Steps should include setting up a separate network for those devices and running deep scans for malware or other signs of compromise.
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