The Importance of Cybersecurity Monitoring in K-12 Schools


With the education market now being the number one target for cyberattacks across all industries, continuous network monitoring is essential. To address this rapid rise in cyber threats, schools need to investigate and implement a cybersecurity monitoring program to detect and respond to potential threats in real time.

Cybersecurity monitoring is the process of continuously observing the school district’s technology infrastructure and network to assess and detect potential threats and data breaches. Monitoring automates real-time analysis of users, devices, data, and activities, identifying vulnerabilities in the network and updating systems to ensure compliance with all required standards and regulations on a 24/7/365 basis. With a goal to maintain the security of student and staff Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and other digital assets, cybersecurity monitoring provides round the clock protection to stay ahead of cyber threats and bad actors.

Benefits of Cybersecurity Monitoring

  • Real-time analysis – Continuous security monitoring collects and analyzes network data to detect unusual activity allowing for fast incident containment minimizing potential damage.
  • Proactive response –The proactive approach of continuous monitoring allows you to secure your network before an attack occurs, reducing the possibility of a successful attack.
  • Fast incident response time – Continuous, 24/7/365 cyber security monitoring is the key to timely detection, allowing for quick threat containment and incident resolution.
  • Increased visibility – With new software being deployed regularly and the dynamic nature of activities on a network, vulnerabilities can be introduced at any point in time. Continuous monitoring of your technology landscape provides full visibility to any potential threats and time to proactively implement updates to build a more robust, secure network.
  • Ensure regulation compliance – With the increasing threat of cyber attacks and exposure of sensitive data, regulations continue to be updated. Compliance is paramount as it provides confidence that your system is in line with the required standards and regulations.
  • Uncover vulnerabilities – Continuous monitoring assesses the overall security infrastructure to detect weaknesses and provide actionable insights increasing the security of the network. 

Staying ahead of cyber criminals through continuous monitoring allows schools to detect, contain and respond to threats before they cause damage. Detecting and managing potential threats helps protect a school’s sensitive PII data and the overall network. Working with an experienced security partner to adopt a proactive approach using cybersecurity continuous monitoring will enable you to be prepared for any potential attacks.

Securus360 is focused exclusively on the K-12 education space and has developed a proven cybersecurity approach that is deployed at schools across the United States. The Securus360 Managed eXtended Detection & Response (MXDR) platform provides comprehensive protection against cyberattacks, including: detailed and ongoing vulnerability assessments, 24/7/365 real-time threat hunting, monitoring & detection, automated incident response and hybrid intelligence-based security analytics that combine Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) with human cyber security analysts to ensure maximum alert accuracy.

To learn more contact Securus360 to schedule a time to speak with a cybersecurity expert.

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