Over the past few years cybercrime has continued to rise across the world and all it’s industries. For professionals, the latest advancements in technologies have significantly boosted the productivity and efficiency of businesses but they have made organizations increasingly vulnerable to online attacks.
With cyber crime becoming more and more prevalent it is an absolute necessity that all sectors take particular care and safeguard where they can, for areas of expertise that may seem alien to businesses, it is important to seek professional advice. In light of recent ransomware scandals, research has shown that the most vulnerable of industries last year were institutions, these included; Healthcare, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Government and, Legal.
Nowadays, in addition to impending security breaches, the education sector can harbour its own unique digital threats to students. With today’s students spending more time on the internet than most people, it’s critical for students to take precautions to protect themselves from malicious software or users online. As an educational provider, staff and other such professionals have a duty of care towards their students and should place particular emphasis on safeguarding them whilst in school, college or university.
A few key things for students to avoid include not keeping the same password across all channels and not oversharing personal information online. For example, once a cyber criminal has attributed your login information for one account it is almost guaranteed that they will try to break into others. Such hackers can gain inhibited access if you persist with the same username and password credentials. One way to deter potential hacks is to use password variations on different accounts and consider updating your login information each term/once a year.
In today’s society, easy access to multiple social media channels including Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat can open students up to the risk of giving far too much personal information away online and through apps. Posting a photo and a simple caption may seem inconspicuous but nowadays many students are forgetting the impact sharing your location automatically can have.
When a student checks in at a specific location on any channel, the threat of cyber security can be heightened to burglary and even stalking when a home address, local establishment or venue is shared. An absolute must for educational establishments is to ensure that online safeguarding is applied to all accessible technology. Some of the top online threats to students include radicalisation, child sexual exploitation and cyber-bullying.
To discuss how we can help to ensure your students are browsing the web responsibly and without imminent digital threats you can contact our expert team.