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The new school year is an exciting time for students, faculty, staff… and HACKERS!

Malicious cyber activity is on the rise across the United States, impacting organizations of all sizes, across industries. According to a University of Maryland study, hackers attack every 39 seconds on average — or 2,244 times a day.

Navigating today’s ever-changing cybersecurity landscape

The threat landscape has expanded, and many IT and cybersecurity departments are stretched thin as organizations try to manage cloud infrastructures in today’s modern workplace. With the rising dependency on digital connectedness, CISOs and security leaders are faced with new threat vectors, new regulations, and new products and initiatives that must be considered.

Today’s threats to school communities can include potential acts of targeted violence and exploitation and disruption of physical systems in and around the school system. Recent data from the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center found that bad actors often choose dates around the start or end of school breaks – is your organization protected against cyber threats that can disrupt essential services and potentially impact safety?

Staying safe with zero trust security

As a cybersecurity leader, you can implement a security framework that will keep the laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices within your organization better protected in the event of an attack. Many CISOs are focusing on identity and trust, using zero trust principles to verify every user access and connection across the organization’s cybersecurity landscape.

How can you stay safe? Check out these quick tips:

  • Be aware! Think before you click.
  • Avoid oversharing on social media.
  • Create long, strong, unique passwords.
  • Enforce multi-factor authentication (MFA).
  • Be wary of shared devices, such as public computers.
  • Have your Microsoft 365 Defender solutions deployed correctly.

Managed security service providers (MSSPs) help many organizations close the gap in their cybersecurity infrastructure. Gartner reports that the managed detection and response (MDR) segment of managed security services grew nearly 50% in 2021. As an MSSP, Forsyte I.T. Solutions is dedicated to securing your I.T. infrastructure amid the ever-changing threat landscape.

Our team compiled a Cybersecurity Checklist to help organizations navigate today’s security landscape. Let Forsyte help secure your organization across all areas of your infrastructure!

For more information on preventing targeted violence and other school safety issues, visit schoolsafety.gov. To learn more about Forsyte I.T. Solutions and how our award-winning team can help protect your organization as you settle into the 2022-2023 school year, please contact us at info@forsyteit.com.

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