Enhancing Security and Sustainability of e-Learning Software Systems: A Comprehensive Vulnerability Analysis and Recommendations for Stakeholders

Souheil Abdel Latif Akacha, Ali Ismail Awad

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Abstract

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic prompted educational institutions to swiftly integrate e-learning software systems, including learning management systems (LMSs), as essential tools for online education. This study aims to probe the inherent security vulnerabilities of three widely utilized e-learning platforms, namely, Moodle, Chamilo, and Ilias, spanning the pre-pandemic, pandemic, and post-pandemic periods. The rapid adoption of these platforms during the pandemic revolutionized online education but also unveiled security risks. This paper delves into these security vulnerabilities, offering insights before, during, and after the pandemic. Through an analysis of existing patches and security measures, areas for improvement are identified. Furthermore, the paper considers emerging cybersecurity technologies and trends, providing comprehensive recommendations to enhance system resilience against evolving cyber threats. The results obtained here can provide educational institutions with a guide for action to enable effective mitigation of e-learning software security vulnerabilities and ensure the continued security and sustainability of online education systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14132
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume15
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

Keywords

  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • cyberattacks
  • cybersecurity vulnerabilities
  • e-learning software systems
  • mitigation strategies
  • resilience of e-learning systems
  • sustainability of e-learning systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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