K-12 Cybersecurity 2018 Year in Review
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Just a little over a month into 2019, already about a dozen cybersecurity incidents have struck U.S. school districts. And if the past is any indication, more are likely to come. A U.S. school district becomes the victim of a cyberattack almost as often as every three days, according to a report released Thursday.
The nation’s K-12 schools experienced 122 publicly reported cybersecurity incidents in 2018, more than half of which were caused or carried out by staff or students, and nearly 60 percent resulted in students’ personal data being compromised.
In April 2018, Leominster Public Schools in Massachusetts had to pay $10,000 in bitcoin after a ransomware virus infected their networks, making it impossible to access e-mail, lunch payments, the district website, and other essential systems. That’s just one of the incidents highlighted in the recent State of K-12 Cybersecurity report.
A new report from the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center says a U.S. school district falls victim to a cyber attack as often as every three days. There were 122 cyber attacks last year at 119 K-12 public education institutions, averaging out to an attack every three days, according to a new report on the misuse of technology in U.S.
A recently released report from the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center reveals that 122 incidents were reported at K-12 schools in 2018, though the author of the report, EdTech Strategies President Doug Levin, told EdSurge that he feels as many as 20 times as many cybersecurity incidents were unreported.
A U.S. school district becomes the victim of a cyberattack almost as often as every three days, according to a report. Last year, public K-12 education institutions experienced 122 known cybersecurity incidents, ranging from data breaches to phishing scams and ransomware attacks, says “The State of K-12 Cybersecurity: 2018 Year in Review.”
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: A couple weeks ago, Cyber Talk reported on indicators that signaled the education sector was increasingly on the radar of cyberattackers. As the education industry has tuned into the threat, it has started to take measures to address the problem head-on.
K-12 underwent 122 known cybersecurity incidents last year, hitting 119 different education agencies in 38 states. The result was the ‘theft of millions of tax payer dollars, stolen identities, tax fraud and altered school records,’ according to the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center.
The K-12 Cyber Incident Map is peppered with markers showing school cybersecurity breaches – and its author says that’s just the tip of the iceberg. “The numbers I have are an under-count,” said Doug Levin, president of EdTech Strategies LLC. Feedback from school district IT leaders and cybersecurity vendors, he said, “is that ‘This is […]
A new report from the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center has revealed that education institutions across the US experienced 122 cyber security ‘incidents’ in 2018. Many of the reported incidents were significant, says the report, resulting in the theft of millions of taxpayer dollars. Other effects included stolen identities, tax fraud, and altered school records.