With the increased frequency of data breaches, school districts are growing more concerned with data security measures. Every school has information on many students stored within their software. Data safety should be at the forefront of your mind. How do you educate the district on cybersecurity?

Start by making security an open topic of discussion. When you wear the blinders of a busy work day it is easy to forget the risks facing your data. By talking about risk factors, breaches, and tips, your district will keep security at the center of discussion.

When you begin to educate staff members, begin with those who have little to no knowledge of security. Continued education is important, but employees who pose the biggest risk to your data are those who know little about security risks. Teach everyone the basics before trying to shore up employees with more advanced knowledge.

In your training, focus on the most common security risks. Cover topics like emails with attachments from unknown senders, installing unauthorized software, and the importance of not giving out any sensitive information over social media. What may seem like common knowledge to you might be brand new to some people.

Enforce the use of complicated passwords and usernames. This is one of the most tried and true ways to keep information safe. Emphasize that passwords and usernames must be made of letters, numbers, and special characters. Never write them down and change your password every three months.

Hold your employees accountable. Sharing the responsibility will encourage employees to stay on top of their security practices.

By breaking your security practices into bite-sized pieces, we hope taking steps to increased security seems less overwhelming. If you want to learn more about data security or RevTrak’s secure online payment solution, please email us at sales@RevTrak.com.