Education

All technology products have some form of security provisions. This quickly creates a hodgepodge of techniligies. That is Duechnology directors face much more scrutiny, as network security and regulatory compliance make up a larger part of their responsibilities. Because K-12 network security breaches have gained such a high profile, nearly all technology products now feature some form of security provisionThere are also dedicated security solutions from a variety of vendors. Unfortunately, a piecemeal approach to security creates a hodgepodge of technologies, which are hard to coordinate and don’t allow IT to deal effectively with persistent, accelerating, and pervasive threats. There are also dedicated security solutions from a variety of vendors. Unfortunately, a piecemeal approach to security creates a hodgepodge of technologies, which are hard to coordinate and don’t allow IT to deal effectively with persistent, accelerating, and pervasive threats. It is up to each school district to develop a strategy for broad, integrated, and automated network security. Network security design should adhere to best practices, such as those promoted by the SANS Institute1 and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).2 The resulting security architecture must be agile enough to keep pace with perpetual changes in education, regulation, and cyber crime. And, most important, it must be practical to implement and maintain, given the district’s budget, staffing, and time constraints. As a longtime solution partner of schools, Fortinet offers IT leaders a proven model for such a strategy.