Securing Tomorrow’s Education: Anne Arundel County Public Schools and MGT Tackle Cyber Threats Head-On
Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) is the fourth-largest school system in Maryland and the 39th largest in the United States. Their growth led to an increasing challenge – safeguarding their IT infrastructure and sensitive data from relentless cyber threats. To address their concerns, AACPS sought the expertise of MGT Technology of our collaborative approach, advanced technology, and stellar reputation providing technology solutions in other school districts like Howard County Public Schools in Maryland.
School districts like Anne Arundel face unique cybersecurity concerns. Before partnering with MGT, AACPS grappled with cybersecurity challenges. They struggled to identify and respond to cyber threats in a timely and effective manner. This challenge not only left their IT infrastructure vulnerable but also put sensitive data at risk. Cyberattacks, if successful, can lead to substantial data losses and interfere with students’ academic pursuits. AACPS recognized the urgent need to fortify their cybersecurity defenses and provide a safe and uninterrupted learning environment for their students.
To address their cybersecurity challenges, we took a holistic approach to AACPS’s cybersecurity to provide tailored solutions to fortify AACPS’s cybersecurity resilience. We utilized AACPS’s pre-existing cybersecurity investments, seamlessly integrating our solutions with its current infrastructure and tools. This approach ensures immediate cost savings for the client from the outset.
Our comprehensive managed security services have significantly bolstered AACPS’s resilience against evolving cyber threats. MGT’s Security Operations Center (SOC) operates seamlessly as an extension of AACPS’s IT team, providing 24x7x365 monitoring, threat hunting, and incident response. Our Managed Detection and Response (MDR) solutions, led by a team of over 200 cybersecurity experts, have elevated defenses.
This transformation encompasses enacting proactive security measures, including real-time monitoring, user and attacker behavior analytics, and threat intelligence, ensuring a vigilant defense against potential threats. Our strategic integration of threat intelligence platforms and tools, coupled with automated processes and tailored playbooks, has streamlined operations, allowing AACPS to detect and respond to threats promptly. With a focus on endpoint detection and response and continuous threat hunting, our holistic solutions fortify AACPS’s cybersecurity posture, offering not just protection but a proactive stance in safeguarding the educational journey of countless students.
The results have had a profound and multifaceted impact on AACPS. They now have an enhanced security posture with comprehensive cybersecurity solutions that fortify their entire IT infrastructure, reduce vulnerabilities, and safeguards against advanced threats. They also experience educational continuity in the face of these attacks. By safeguarding AACPS’ IT infrastructure and data, we eliminated the financial losses and disruptions often caused by successful cyberattacks.
MGT’s commitment to the safety of educational institutions extends to school districts across the United States. We know that school districts face unique cybersecurity concerns. That’s why our technology and security engineers partner with our education experts, so we can provide a tailored, holistic solution for each client. We offer a range of services to increase the resilience, defense, and management of IT networks.
To explore how MGT’s Security Assessments and Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Services can help protect your school’s IT infrastructure, visit: https://www.mgtconsulting.com/capabilities/technology/ o or call 813.327.4717