Two years after security patches were published to address the issue hundreds of U.S. K-12 schools still haven’t fixed vulnerabilities in their servers at the root of WannaCry ransomware and its variants.
“The State of K-12 Cybersecurity: 2018 Year in Review” is a first-of-its-kind report focused solely on the misuse and abuse of technology in U.S. public schools.
The FBI (Cyber Division) and the Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General issued a warning about cyber-extortion schemes focused on public schools.
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?
If there is an Achilles’ heel to a future of robust personalized learning for all K-12 students, it is the uneven attention to the cybersecurity risks facing school information technology assets and data. In this post, I offer emerging lessons about real and perceived information security issues facing schools from the data underlying the K-12 Cyber Incident Map.