Keeping our district network safe

The district network is an integral part of our daily work lives and must be protected from cyberattacks. You may have read about the recent ransomware, WannaCry, or experienced the Google Doc phishing scam that threatened our email system. These cyber threats to computer networks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and difficult to block.

Mesa Public Schools must balance the latitude we provide our employees to use technology resources with our ability to maintain network security. To date, the district has successfully maintained its network security, however, additional measures are needed to ensure it remains so in the future.

Improving network security

One important step to improving network security is to increase oversight of the software downloaded to district devices. We know an employee would never knowingly download malware. But even the most tech savvy person can be fooled by today’s hackers.

To achieve this increased oversight, the district’s network policy has been revised to remove individual user rights to download software directly from the internet. Instead, users will download software from the MPS Software Center. While this alternate route may feel cumbersome at first, it is an industry best practice and an important step in preventing catastrophic network failure.

The MPS Software Center

Information regarding Software Center access and procedures for installing available software can be found at www.mpsaz.org/network. Software currently not available through the Software Center can be requested through this site as well.

New and reimaged computers

If you have a new computer or a reimaged computer, some software that you were using may not be on the device. Visit the Software Center to download additional software. If it is currently not available, please fill out the Software Request Form. While the goal is to provide rapid service, priority will be given to high-use software. Any personal-use software should be downloaded on a personal device, as it will not be added to the software portal. Associated files should also be transferred to the personal device.

Support

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Information Systems Help Desk at 480-472-0044option 1, or fill out an online request at help.mpsaz.org.

 

Thank you for helping to keep our district network safe.

 

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