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.”