We've all seen the headlines:
“Education Technologies: Data Collection and Unsecured Systems Could Post Risks to Students,” warned the FBI in a September 2018 Public Service Announcement.
“Ryuk ransomware shuts down New Mexico school district a second time,” EDSCOOP, February 26, 2020
“Student hacker grabbed personal data of thousands of Maryland students,” EDSCOOP, December 3, 2019
“Texas K-12 district loses $2.3 million in email scam,” EDSCOOP, January 13, 2020
Security breaches have become a fact of life for organizations worldwide — regardless of their size or industry. Sometimes a single mistake such as falling for a phishing scam or opening a virus-infected file is all it takes.
No school is immune from security risks. You may not even know your school is at risk, or has been compromised in some way, until it’s too late.
Risk by the numbers:
92% of breaches are financially motivated. 1
57% of database breaches involved insider threats within an organization. 2
Of the data compromised in attacks on educational institutions, 75% was personal, 30% impacted credentials and 13% was internal. 3
So the question isn’t whether you are at risk, but rather how you will protect your school.
1 Verizon’s 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)
2 The State of K-12 Cybersecurity: 2019 Year in Review, The K12 Cybersecurity Resource Center
3 Verizon’s 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)