As technologies evolve, the number of internet-enabled devices connected to school networks increases exponentially. Many of these devices, however, were not designed with strong cybersecurity protections. This includes devices that fall into the category of the Internet of Things (IoT), which are everyday objects that connect to the Internet so they can talk to back end applications and/or each other.
Enterprise-level equipment used to control facility systems, such as HVAC, lighting, video cameras, door sensors, alarms, and badge readers
Learning tools, such as sensors or microscopes used in science or engineering classes, robots used for programming, assistive devices used by students with special needs, projectors, interactive whiteboards, or document cameras
Consumer technologies such as connected refrigerators in the cafeteria or devices owned by students, staff, and visitors which connect to the school network