A new joint advisory – warning of cyber threats to K-12 schools – was released by the FBI, CISA, and MS-ISAC. Please share widely.
The difference in publicly-disclosed K-12 cybersecurity incidents before and after the widespread shift to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic is like night and day.
The nature of this specific big dollar phishing attack ‘has been repeated at school districts across the country and has been ongoing for years.’
The Ohio Department of Education is warning about a spear phishing attack targeting school districts.
The FBI reports that there is an active phishing scheme targeting educators and others designed to steal direct deposits of employee paychecks.
The New Mexico State Auditor released a risk advisory for school districts warning of a targeted phishing attack.
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.
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?