Maintaining a Secure Network in an Educational Environment

Contributed by Larry Jackson Jr.

In this paper I will discuss the network security issues associated with securing school networks and the common methods of minimizing risks. I will focus on security issues surrounding the WAN, LAN, Wireless devices, BYOD, antivirus and mobile devices. I will discuss the legal obligations in contrast to the needs of the district when dealing with the storage and accessing of student data. I will look into new trends associated with the transmission of malware through social media outlets and the procedures or policies that can be put into place to limit the occurrences. Finally, I will discuss ways to secure your guest networks or limit access to external users.

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