Two Types of Computer Security Breaches Besieged Over 60% of Schools

Panda Security, a provider of cloud-based security software, when declaring its first "K-12 (Kindergarten-12 Education IT Security Report" said that illegitimate user access or malware outbreaks struck 63% of schools a minimum of two times every year.

Notably, the above outcomes show that schools work hard for managing IT security effectively, which requires plentiful resources, effort and time. Net-security.org reported this on March 23, 2011.

In fact, during February 2011, Panda Security conducted a survey over 104 consultants and employees who handled IT security in Kindergarten-12 schools as also in districts regarding their security policies. Thejournal.com reported this on March 23, 2011.

Indeed, while conducting its survey, Panda found that a huge 8 among ten districts let students and staff link up with their network of schools via personal computers; however, merely 7 out of ten conducted any regulation whatsoever on outside equipments. There, according to 79% of respondents, students and staff had to acquire the registration of their PCs before using the network; 86% prevented the use of very risky websites; while 89% mandated users to install security software on their systems. Further, 15% of respondents acknowledged that there weren't any extra security measures in their districts if they wanted to use laptops. Thejournal.com reported this in news on March 23, 2011.

Moreover, according to the report, the schools which worked hard to improve their IT security arrangements, 72% reported of budget limitations causing the main obstacle, while 38% reported non-availability of staff. Additionally, as per 29% of the schools, their IT personnel had to attend to other more important tasks than upgrading IT security. Also, it was discovered that 21% of Information Technology personnel in schools gave their time daily for eliminating computer malware and viruses, while according to 38% of the personnel, the elimination was conducted only on some occasions during a week.

Nevertheless, Panda Security suggests that schools must acquire security systems that are cloud-based for enabling immediate defense against the most recent malicious software and other attacks as also launch awareness schemes for educating students and staff on security. Pandasecurity.com published this on March 23, 2011.

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