Six Cybersecurity Tips for a Successful School Year

August 18, 2023
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In today’s digital landscape, hackers and bad actors have developed increasingly sophisticated methods. Their main goal is to steal personal information for malicious purposes and wreak havoc on your system. There are many digital pitfalls. However, there are plenty of protective measures you can take to keep your school safe. Fortifying your cybersecurity skills can help shield school systems from cyber attacks. Below are some cyber preparedness tips to help safeguard your school’s data:

  1. Identify fake websites. Bad actors often create deceptive sites aimed at harvesting personal data, employing URLs that closely mimic legitimate ones. Always double-check a URL before engaging with a website. Fraudulent URLs might use subtle variations like numbers, letters, and dashes that may go unnoticed.
  2. Dodge phishing emails. Be wary of phishing emails that often ask for login credentials or other personal information. Phishing attempts are deceptive because an email domain may appear similar to a trusted email account. For example, an email from is not the same domain as 💡 Notice the letter “l” is replaced by 1s in the phishing email’s domain. If you receive an email from ClassLink requesting personal information such as your login credentials, it is a phishing attempt.
  3. Avoid suspicious links. Only click links you trust. For increased security, add commonly used links to your school’s website for students, educators, and staff to access easily. For even more security, transform any link into a LaunchPad application, bolstering both convenience and safeguarding!
  4. Implement MFA. Use multi-factor authentication whenever possible to add layers of identity protection. ClassLink offers extensive MFA options that help secure online accounts, even if your username and password get compromised.
  5. Implement cybersecurity training. Require mandatory cybersecurity training for all staff and students. You can create your own training or use a training service to help keep your school secure. One option is ClassLink Academy, available in your LaunchPad account! The following courses offer a robust understanding of how to protect against cyber attacks:
    • Security Awareness Anthology (available for ClassLink Administrators, educators, and staff)
      • 1.1 Online Security Fundamentals
      • 1.2 How to Protect Your Data
      • 1.3 Phishing Attack Protections
      • 1.4 What is Social Engineering
    • Directory Services (available only to ClassLink Administrators)
      • 2.1 Scope Your Google Directory
  6. Report suspicious activity. Unexpected logins, changes to passwords, and other unauthorized actions are examples of suspicious activity. If you notice any login attempts or password changes that seem out of the ordinary, reach out to your tech team. At ClassLink, we take all reports seriously and will work to investigate any unusual activity. Thanks for helping us keep everything safe and secure!

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Jeff Janover

VP of Security & Interoperability



Jeff Janover is the VP of Security and Interoperability at ClassLink. Before ClassLink, Jeff worked for over 20 years as the Director of Technology in a New Jersey public school district, providing him with insights into the challenges faced by educational institutions and a deep understanding of the intersection between technology and education. Now, Jeff uses his engineering, database design, and programming skills to help build robust data interoperability systems for the academic community.