comprehensive guide to securing school networks with zero trust

A Comprehensive Guide to Securing School Networks with Zero Trust

| March 17, 2023

The education sector is a prime target for cybercriminals due to the wealth of sensitive data it holds, including student records, financial information, and intellectual property. These valuable resources can fetch a high price on the black market, and schools are often ill-equipped to defend against attacks due to budget constraints and the lack of cybersecurity expertise.

To address these challenges, Concensus has developed a Zero Trust security framework that provides a comprehensive approach to securing school networks. In this article, we will explain the principles of Zero Trust, the challenges faced by schools in securing their networks, and how Consensus can help.

What is Zero Trust?

Zero Trust is a security approach that assumes no user, device, or network is inherently trustworthy. Instead, all access attempts are treated as potentially malicious until proven otherwise. This is achieved through a combination of policy-based access control, multifactor authentication, continuous monitoring, and analytics.

The Zero Trust model is based on the principle of least privilege, which means that users are only given access to the resources they need to perform their job functions. This minimizes the attack surface and reduces the impact of any potential breaches.

What are the Challenges in Securing School Networks?

The education sector faces a unique set of challenges when it comes to securing its networks. One of the most significant obstacles is the sheer number of devices that are connected to the network. Students, teachers, and staff all have their own devices, which can include laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other IoT devices.

This creates a complex and heterogeneous environment that is difficult to manage and secure. It also makes it challenging to enforce policies and access controls, as the same user may have different levels of access depending on the device they are using.

Another challenge is the limited budget and resources available to schools. Many schools lack the funding to invest in the latest security technologies or hire dedicated security professionals. This leaves them vulnerable to attacks and makes it difficult to detect and respond to security incidents.

Lastly, schools are often targeted by attackers due to the sensitive data they hold. This data includes:

  • Student records 
  • Financial information
  • Intellectual property   

How Concensus Applies IAM to Schools

Concensus has developed an Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution that is specifically tailored to the needs of schools. Our IAM solution is based on the principles of Zero Trust and provides a comprehensive approach to securing school networks.

Our IAM solution includes several key components, including:

Identity Management

We provide a centralized platform for managing user identities, access privileges, and authentication methods. This ensures that users only have access to the resources they need to perform their job functions and that their identities are verified through a multifactor authentication process.

Access Management

Our access management system provides granular access control policies that can be applied to individual users, devices, and resources. This ensures that users only have access to the resources they need to perform their job functions and that any attempts to access sensitive data are closely monitored.

Continuous Monitoring

We provide real-time monitoring and analytics of user and device behavior, network traffic, and application usage. This allows us to detect and respond to security incidents in real time and minimize the impact of any potential breaches.

Threat Intelligence

Our IAM solution is backed by threat intelligence that is updated in real-time. This allows us to stay up-to-date with the latest threats and apply appropriate security controls to protect against them.


Our IAM solution integrates with a wide range of applications and platforms, including Active Directory, Google Workspace, and other cloud-based services. This ensures that schools can continue to use their existing IT systems while benefiting from the enhanced security provided by our IAM solution.

Implement IAM with Concensus Today 

Schools face a unique set of challenges when it comes to securing their networks, but Concensus can help overcome these problems with our Zero Trust IAM solutions. We provide a comprehensive approach to securing school networks to ensure that only authorized users have access to sensitive data.

By implementing our IAM solution, schools can benefit from granular access control policies, continuous monitoring, and real-time threat intelligence. This enables them to detect and respond to security incidents quickly, reducing the impact of any potential breaches.

At Concensus, we understand that schools face budget constraints and limited resources, which is why our IAM solution is designed to be cost-effective and easy to implement. Our solution is also backed by our team of security experts, who provide ongoing support and ensure that schools are always protected against the latest threats.
If you’re interested in learning more about how Concensus can help secure your school network with IAM solutions, please contact us today. We’re ready to help you take the first step toward a more secure future.

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