Protecting learners, shielding schools, and empowering communities Digital technology is changing the education industry. The internet is bringing a wealth of information and knowledge to classrooms and streamlining district office operations. However, the same technology is also opening the doors to cyberattacks directed at schools. SandBlast for Education prevents the cyber abuses affecting students.
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The digital age has transformed virtually every aspect in the way we live, work, play, and learn. Today, teachers blend in-class instruction with online learning using websites, apps, learning games, among other tools. Children get instant access to knowledge beyond their textbooks to obtain a holistic view of a subject. However, the digitally connected classroom also introduces risks when students are online, including:
Potential exposure to offensive, harmful, or inappropriate website content
Possible risk of cyberbullying through social networks
Unintentional leak of personal information through phishing websites
According to Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in the U.S., schools and libraries subject to this law are responsible for implementing an internet safety policy. A key provision safeguards children from inappropriate content on all computers and when using email, chat rooms, and other electronic communications. CIPA also requires schools to educate students on proper online behavior and cyberbullying awareness and response.
Hackers select high value, “soft targets” for their cyberattacks. One report indicated education ranked the worst in cybersecurity out of 17 major industries.1 Schools amass large amounts of personal data on school networks, making students and schools prime targets. Since 2016, 447 cybersecurity-related incidents involving U.S. public schools have been reported.2 Here are other facts to consider:
1 “Education ranked worst at cybersecurity out of 17 major industries,” by Betsy Foresman, edscoop, December 17, 2018
2 “On the Map,” EdTech Strategies, 2019
3 “Internet Statistics,” GuardChild, 2019
4 “A Majority of Teens Have Experienced Some Form of Cyberbullying,” by Monica Anderson, Pew Research Center, September 27, 2018
5 “Education ranked worst at cybersecurity out of 17 major industries,” by Betsy Foresman, edscoop, December 17, 2018
Ensures a safe and risk-free internet environment for students with school-provided Chromebooks
Allows monitoring and alerting of students’ online behavior
Protects the school’s IT infrastructure from potential cyber threats
To prevent online abuse that targets students, Check Point developed SandBlast for Education, a simple yet robust security solution. An easy-to-install Chrome browser-extension works seamlessly with G Suite for Education and your existing school and district cybersecurity infrastructure.
Safeguards students from accessing inappropriate or harmful web content with extensive URL filtering capabilities directly from the Chrome browser. Enforces SafeSearch for Google, YouTube, Bing, and Yahoo while blocking other search engines.
Helps educational institutions to comply with CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) regulations requiring the use of internet filters and additional measures to protect children from harmful online content.
Stops cyberbullies from posting offensive words and protects students from bullying by blocking pages with offensive words or removing parts of those pages.
Integrates transparently with educational institute’s IT infrastructure. Protects K12 students using school provided Chromebooks on and off campus. Configured and managed centrally through G-Suite.
Dynamically detects and blocks phishing websites that try to lure students into providing personal and private information.
Cleans potential malicious content from downloaded documents or converts them to risk-free PDF format.
Prevents students from using their school credentials for other non-trusted websites.
Check Point Infinity is the only fully consolidated cyber security architecture that provides unprecedented protection against Gen V mega-cyberattacks as well as future cyber threats across all networks, endpoint, cloud, and mobile. The architecture is designed to resolve the complexities of growing connectivity and inefficient security.
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