Oakland Unified School District Selects CloudLock For Its Cloud-First Initiative Operating and supporting roughly 100 schools, 37,000 students and nearly 3,900 staff in California, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is continuing to…

Oakland Unified School District Selects CloudLock For Its Cloud-First Initiative

Zack Gross

With a passion for all things tech and creative, I spend my time helping people discover how cloud cybersecurity protects and enables businesses all at once.

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Operating and supporting roughly 100 schools, 37,000 students and nearly 3,900 staff in California, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is continuing to accelerate their cloud adoption. In order to accomplish this in the safest way possible, OUSD’s security team focused on four key areas:


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  1. Compliance and Student Privacy Protection
    Academic records, health records, and personal contact information are all major concerns when it comes to educational institutions storing data in the cloud. For OUSD, Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) were top of mind.
  2. Inappropriate Behavior and Cyberbullying
    Always keeping the welfare of their students in mind, OUSD needed to be sure that migrating to the cloud did not introduce any new avenues for aggressive behavior amongst students that may go unnoticed.
  3. Suspicious User Behavior and Security Breaches
    In migrating OUSD resources to the cloud, the security team needed to be able to monitor user behavior and analyze login information to detect and prevent anomalous or suspicious activity.
  4. Cloud Malware
    Cloud applications can certainly enhance productivity, but third-party apps with excessive access scopes– or even typically trustworthy apps that have been breached– have the potential to expose sensitive data. The OUSD security team knew they had to find a CASB solution that provided visibility and intelligent management of such applications.

After working closely with Amplified IT, a trusted advisor for K12 schools using Google Apps for Education, OUSD found that CloudLock was the right solution. With CloudLock, OUSD is now taking advantage of:

  • K-12 specific data protection policies
  • Next-gen Cloud Data Loss Prevention (DLP) to monitor sensitive information
  • Threat Protection against anomalous user behavior and account compromise
  • High Time-to-Value with rapidly deployed, API-based integration
  • Extensibility and Scalability with our commitment to securing multiple cloud environments

CloudLock’s solution enabled OUSD to combat malicious student behavior, fully monitor any vulnerabilities around sensitive data or compliance regulations, and control access and use of 3rd-party applications that were connecting to their cloud environments.

View the full case study here, and watch this video to learn more about why OUSD’s Chief Technology Officer, John Krull, recommends CloudLock:

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