For many workers and businesses, remote work has become a way of life. Some companies are even considering not transitioning back to physical environments. That shows just how effective remote work has become.

However, this new reliance on remote work doesn't come without its unique share of problems. For example, institutions that have to run online learning programs (universities, high schools, training institutes) now have to worry about protecting their online learning environment. In this article, we'll be going through four easy ways to protect your online learning environments from cyber threats. 

Be Updated



The first way to avoid attacks on your online learning infrastructure is to ensure all your applications are up to date. Updates may not seem important to you, but they are really important if you want to safeguard your online learning environment. Most software updates come with security patches that, in a way, patch the weak areas in the firewall around your infrastructure. That way, even if hackers have found a way around the old software version, that way would be obsolete with a newer update.

Now, the task of updating all the software in your infrastructure isn't only the work of the administrators. Students should also learn about the importance of keeping their software up to date. That would make the entire network a lot safer.

Keep Backups



The next way to safe-keep your online learning environment has probably been told to you a thousand times by a thousand cybersecurity experts. But it bears mentioning again because it's so important. And it's this; always keep backups. Backups are one of the most important steps you can take in securing data. Over 80% of cyber threats on online learning spaces in 2019 were ransomware attacks. These attacks lose potency if you have a backup solution with integrated anti-malware protection. This includes ransomware that attacks backup systems.

Prepare for The Worst-Case Scenario




It's easy to assume that your systems are safe. That they cannot be breached. That all your firewalls are working perfectly. This false confidence can lead to laxity and may cause the one thing you're trying to avoid. That's why you need to prepare for the worst; assume you've been breached. Now, this doesn't mean you should always be bothering about whether you've been breached or not. It just means that you should always have an emergency system on the ground to respond to attacks.

If you always prepare for the worst, you’d already have people on standby for when a data breach happens.  With a strong incident response and disaster recovery plan, you can weather almost any storm.

Secure Channels


Whether you're training high school students or high-level employees, the people learning will need a secure channel for communicating with instructors and with themselves. This means that you'll have to put policies about what to do with data sent on these channels in place. Uploads also need to be secured, and should only be done through secure connections (like the ones done over HTTPS or an authorized VPN). Once the data is uploaded, it should also be encrypted and should be rendered useless If a data breach ever occurs.