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The IoT In Higher Education Has Big Potential If Devices Are Kept Secure

By Matthew Lynch on Jan 11, 2021 06:04 am

Software developers and engineers are regularly coming out with new and innovative technology and apps, such as Pedagogue , to help schools improve the academic system. The IoT is one of these huge advancements in technology that has opened many doors for education.

When discussing the IoT in education, the security of devices and networks’ is often a huge talking point. There are various reasons why keeping devices secure is so important – for example, having sufficient security and protection can prevent malicious cyberattacks, such as the theft of personal records or financial information.

If you do not know what the IoT is, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will be discussing everything there is to know about the IoT, how schools can keep devices secure in their network, and what is needed for a successful IoT in higher education.

What Is IoT?

The IoT (Internet of Things) is a term used to describe a group or system of devices that can send and receive data and information without the need for human interaction. Many significant businesses and facilities have turned to the Internet of Things for their networking needs. Many schools rely on this system to share and collect essential data.

Experts believe that the possibilities and potential of the IoT are massive. It can be used to improve efficiency, reduce operating costs, and automate tedious processes in higher education facilities. However, this is only possible if the devices involved are kept secure and safe.

What Is Needed For A Successful IoT In Higher Education?

As we have already discussed, devices need to be kept safe and secure for the IoT to reach its full potential in the educational environment. If hackers gain access to these devices, they can cause massive damage to the educational facility and its network . For example, some schools experience a loss of valuable data, such as financial records or student information, because of a lack of sufficient security.

How To Keep Devices Secure?

Luckily, there are various ways in which higher education facilities can ensure sufficient security for the devices involved in the IoT. For example, you should continuously change these devices’ passwords to reduce the threat of hackers and other cyber attacks. More so, it is recommended that you do not enable any universal plug and play features. Keep all of your devices and their antivirus software up to date as the updates usually have protection against new viruses and malware.

Concluding Thoughts

The IoT (Internet of Things) is a term used to describe a group or system of devices that can send and receive data and information without the need for human interaction. It is imperative that schools think about the security and protection of devices in the IoT.

They can do this by continuously changing these devices’ passwords to reduce the threat of hackers and other cyber attacks. More so, it is recommended that schools not enable any universal plug and play features.

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