Information Security

Vector Solutions Adds Cybersecurity Courses to Online Training for Schools

Vector Solutions, a company that provides education and industry training courses, announced it has added eight new courses to its stable of education courses for K–12 schools. The courses address key areas of cybersecurity awareness for education leaders and employees and include topics such as creating a cybersecurity culture, preventing social engineering attacks, laws and compliance, best practices, and more. Information about the courses will be available starting Oct. 1, 2022.

To help education leaders understand strategies to protect against cybercrimes and how school officials and IT leaders can prioritize their time and resources to support cybersecurity, a free, on-demand webinar, “Meeting the K-12 Cybersecurity Challenge,” is available here.

The in-depth cybersecurity courses are:

Cybersecurity Awareness for Education Leaders

1. Creating a Cybersecurity Culture: The importance of cybersecurity and how educational leaders can support a cybersecurity culture.

2. Safeguarding Against Social Engineer Attacks: How hackers exploit educational leaders and steps individuals and organizations can take to protect themselves.

3. End-User Best Practices: Best practices for mitigating cybersecurity incidents, different types of cybersecurity insurance, how to prepare for an attack, and how to effectively manage the crisis when an incident occurs.

4. Laws and Global Compliance Standards: Regulations and their importance, and key tools that schools and organizations should use to secure data.

Cybersecurity Awareness for Employees of Educational Institutions

1. Classifying and Safeguarding Data for Organizational and Personal Use: Explore the three main types of data classifications, the objectives for securing data, how to keep personal and organizational data separate, standards for deleting and dumping data, and threats to mobile devices.

2. Social Engineering: The ways social engineering can compromise an organization's data security, and steps to take to stay safe.

3. End-User Best Practices: How to identify non-secure hot spots in public places, the risks involved in roaming, the difference between free and commercial VPN tunnels, how to recognize legitimate and secure websites, how to protect against malwares and viruses, passwords and more.

4. Security Awareness Essentials: The “who, what, and why” of hackers' choices for targets, three main attacks that target employees, consequences of end-user hacks, Acceptable Use Policies, the pros and cons of “Bring Your Own Device,” and more.

Vector Solutions for K–12 Education provides software, resources, and professional development solutions, with safety products that include an emergency communications platform, systems to help schools manage and track safety and compliance trainings and environmental health and safety incidents, and a library of hundreds of training courses for school staff.

About the Author

Kate Lucariello is a former newspaper editor, EAST Lab high school teacher and college English teacher.