Preventing Attacks On School Websites 

The privacy and protection of children online is a vital concern, and school websites play a significant role in that protection.

360Civic has developed simple but effective tools to repel attacks, from two-form identification using mobile phones and email, to visual passwords that are harder to crack.

We segregate access rights so the fewest number of faculty members and school administrators have the privileges necessary to access sensitive information. By integrating with Active Directory and other technologies, we can update users and remove former district personnel quickly. We also enhance security by hardening open source CMSs and developing both open-source and proprietary modules.

And that is still just a start. The 360Civic plan for protecting school sites also includes:

  • Incorporating firewalls and security certificates
  • Limiting access to information strategies
  • Layout design with a clear delineation between public and private information

Hackers Will Never Stop Trying

But 360Civic can slow them down by requiring all of our web technologies to use non-standard naming conventions, directory structure and user names so that brute force attacks are hindered and repelled more effectively.

We look for the patterns of attacks on your school site and create alerts to address them, while notifying security teams.

We use string encryption when storing important information or communicating with internal servers.

We lock down access, by IP when possible, to further limit intrusions.

And if 360Civic is hosting your district or school website, we oversee all security and update functions, either with or in place of your internal personnel.

A Day One Discussion

We realize that schools are eager to move their site projects forward as quickly and efficiently as possible. But security can never be overlooked or considered an afterthought. That is why it is always part of our initial presentation and everything we do moving forward.

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