To assist with the rollout of mandatory two-factor authentication (2fa) for Compass users at secondary schools in Victoria, a number of principals, technicians, IT managers and Compass sponsors at schools with 2fa currently enabled were contacted to offer feedback on the use of 2fa within their school community.
To begin with an unsurprising result, 90.91% of respondents considered cybersecurity ‘extremely important’ within their school community, with only one respondent saying it was ‘very important’. This result is slightly higher than the perception of cybersecurity in general, which 81.82% of respondents considered ‘extremely important’ and the remainder found to be ‘very important’. It will not be surprising that in both cases, none of those asked considered cybersecurity ‘somewhat important’, ‘not so important’, or ‘not at all important’, however it is interesting to note that this suggests a trend towards seeing cybersecurity as especially important within the education sector.
Most of our respondents were at least ‘somewhat familiar’ with 2fa prior to its introduction at their school. The rest were either ‘very familiar’ or ‘extremely familiar’, however it appears that this was not the case across their schools in general. Nevertheless, this made enabling it highly valuable as a means of educating staff about data security: