Understanding the Rise of School Cyberattacks

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Cyberattacks are a growing problem as much of the world moves routine operations and data management online. While they might not seem like a likely target, schools have been hit particularly hard by this increase. Here are a few things to consider about school cyberattacks.

How Are Cyberattacks Carried Out?

There are many different ways that criminals target educational systems. Some of the most common types of school cyberattacks include:

  • Ransomware attacks
  • Denial of Access attacks, especially for remote learning programs
  • Phishing scams targeting school system employees
  • Student or staff data breaches

These all share some commonalities, but each also has its own unique signature. Determining your vulnerability for each type of attack can help improve school system cybersecurity

Why Target Schools?

Schools are particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks for a variety of reasons. One of the primary reasons is the lack of school financial and staff resources to improve cybersecurity. This leaves schools particularly vulnerable to attacks. Other contributing factors are the sensitive nature of available data and the increased role online learning has played in schools.

Schools are attractive targets for cybercriminals. Many do not have the resources to put protective measures in place, leaving them vulnerable to various types of attacks. KNowing the weaknesses and potential threats can help minimize that vulnerability. 

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This post was written by , posted on July 27, 2022 Wednesday at 5:13 am