By Evan Dumas, Regional Director, South East Asia, Check Point Software Technologies
July and August means back-to-school for many, with millions of children gearing up to return to the classroom. However, this year, back-to-school will be different, with many children attending school remotely from their homes because of the pandemic.
This has led to parents asking some key questions: how do I keep my children safe as they learn remotely? How do I protect my children from hackers and cyberbullies? Are the technologies that enable remote learning actually safe for my children to use?
Surge in Hacker Interest in Back to School
Parents’ concerns are valid. Researchers at Check Point took a close look at data from the last 3 months to examine hacker interest in back-to-school. They found:
Found: Security Flaws in Online Learning Technologies
In the first half of 2020, security researchers at Check Point conducted a thorough audit of Learning Management Systems that enable online learning. Some of the more popular systems use WordPress add-on software known generically as a plugin. Check Point Research found security flaws in three of the most popular WordPress learning management plugins: LearnPress, LearnDash and LifterLMS, proving that the foundational technologies that enable online learning were vulnerable to hackers.
Although the security flaws have since been patched, Check Point’s researchers continue to caution the public around the interest of hackers to take advantage of children going back-to-school remotely.
The Threat is Real
The reality is that there are significant security threats looming for children going back-to-school:
Back-to-School Security Tips
So, given all the security risk, how can students, parents and schools better protect themselves? Check Point offers the following security tips for each:
Tips for Students
Tips for Parents
Tips for Schools