Cyber criminals’ increased interest in attacking education systems imperils students’ financial futures and privacy, and gives parents a reason to question whether schools are up to the task of protecting their kids’ personal data.
These are new threats facing schools. They are harming individuals. They are disrupting school schedules – and class time – and they are costing schools and taxpayers a lot of money. We need an effective and comprehensive response.
Both federal policies – FERPA and COPPA – presume that schools have the resources and knowledge to assess their own data security practices, to say nothing of their vendors. Emerging evidence says otherwise.
To better understand the cybersecurity challenges facing schools, Education Week talked with school leaders in Arizona, Connecticut, Montana, and Texas about the cybersecurity incidents they faced, and how they responded. They found that the country’s K-12 information-technology leaders are likely underestimating the dangers they face and that many are failing to take even basic steps to secure their networks and data.
Cyber attacks are increasingly hitting schools in the U.S., targeting sensitive student data. Why are hackers zeroing in on schools and students – and what can we do about it?
Designed as they are to target children and families and generate fear, this series of attacks represents a significant evolution of the types of online threats facing schools.
What recourse do schools have when their Twitter accounts get compromised?
It turns out, maybe not much…