While the numbers are constantly changing based on fluid circumstances and data, it’s safe to say that millions of students across the U.S. are engaging in virtual learning. This has largely been the way of life since COVID-19 caused school shutdowns nationwide in March 2019, and the path forward toward in-person school as we knew it is still unclear.
As most institutions and school districts are well aware, remote learning brings with it a host of cyber security threats and considerations. These concerns have brought the idea of encrypted data to the forefront of the discussion, because student data is now being stored in, and accessed from, a variety of locations.
While a lot has been written about students being impacted by remote education, K-12 and higher-ed administrators and educators are impacted, too. For instance, every time a teacher transfers a file from a piece of personal technology to a school device, and then back again, there’s risk. And, with teachers and administrators working from their own homes as well as from schools and district offices, the mobility of data is nearly constant.
Security weaknesses abound
To best see the value of encryption, we need to first explore the cyber weaknesses that can be exploited as a result of remote learning.