122 K-12 cybersecurity threats reported last year

Dive Brief:

  • 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.
  • The incidents include denial of service attacks, phishing scams, ransomware attacks — all of which largely come from outside sources — and unauthorized disclosures or data breaches, which are often the result of human error. These events not only inconvenience districts and disrupt learning, but can cost thousands of dollars to correct, Levin said.
  • While all school districts are at risk of attack, more affluent districts are more at risk — possibly because wealthier districts rely more on technology. Levin also noted that there is no easy solution, as even major companies with larger cybersecurity budgets struggle to protect themselves from such

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