The Risk of Virtual Classrooms
In today’s pandemic-era learning environments, the safety of students and teachers goes beyond keeping them healthy. Unfortunately, with the abundance of K-12 virtual classrooms comes a growing risk of cybercriminals, creepers, and “Zoombombers” (i.e., those with the aim of sharing inappropriate, hateful, or repulsive content with the other people on a video conference call). In many, if not most, of today’s virtual classrooms, teachers and administrators are learning and adapting as they go — so how can they quickly and easily ensure their classrooms are safe and secure?
Secure Remote Learning
According to Google, security keys are an effective way to secure a Google Workspace or Google Classroom. In fact, security keys are considered the most secure method of two-step verification in any remote learning environment. District administrators can require staff, faculty, and/or students to use security keys, in addition to passwords, to access the school’s virtual classroom. Security keys can protect teacher accounts, secure student data, and most importantly, keep those with nefarious intentions out.
Children’s Internet Protection Act
Security keys are an effective solution to enhancing CIPA Compliance for K-12 virtual classrooms. CIPA Compliance refers to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), a federal law enacted by Congress to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers, which now includes distance learning environments, too.
Enhancing CIPA Compliance
CIPA covers the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communication, while also prohibiting unauthorized access (including hacking) and other unlawful activities by minors themselves. By ensuring the critical data that resides on home-based systems and mobile devices remains highly secure and uncompromised, security keys can further enhance CIPA compliance by preventing the unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors.
Strong Authentication for Virtual Classroom Security
Made in the U.S.A., Identiv’s industrial-strength, government-grade uTrust FIDO2 NFC Security Keys are an innovative solution for virtual classroom security. uTrust FIDO2 NFC Security Keys provide simple, strong authentication that eliminates the need for passwords and prevents cybercrimes, including unauthorized access into K-12 virtual classrooms. Plus, logins are easier than ever with uTrust FIDO2 NFC Security Keys — simply insert the device, tap the button, and protect student and teacher information across an entire virtual classroom environment.
Based on free, open standards from the FIDO Alliance, Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) authentication enables password-only logins to be replaced with secure, fast login experiences across websites and apps. This is accomplished by using standard public-key cryptography to provide strong authentication and leave zero data at rest. FIDO U2F is an open standard that provides added security and simplifies Universal 2-Factor authentication.If you’ve still got questions, read our blog to learn more about what FIDO is and how it works.
How It Works
Identiv’s uTrust FIDO2 NFC Security Keys