Every year, technology becomes a larger part of the classroom in the U.S. school system. With that comes a greater risk of cyber-threats, especially without the cyber-security training that most schools lack.
There has never been a more important time for school districts to upgrade their cybersecurity program. In 2019 alone there were 3 times as many attacks on US schools and districts than in 2018. That is a scary statistic once you realize that in 2019, only a few schools operated remotely which largely increases the risk of a cyberattack.
Now it is 2020, schools have moved online, many completely unprepared without a full-time cybersecurity program or expert to help defend against cyberthreats.
The FBI has recently published a public service announcement about how cyberattackers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to exploit the increased use of remote learning environments.
Many cyberattacks on schools start with a phishing plot deployed by the attackers. Where they attempt to scam employees into either giving them sensitive and private information or installing malware through attachments/downloads. It is important for schools to provide in-depth training to keep their employees prepared
How schools can improve their cyber-security for 2020
Some schools have announced in-person classes for the fall semester; however, many schools and students are still uncertain what their future holds. Without a doubt, there will be a lot of schools continuing their remote learning program.
As long as schools are continuing remote work, the threat of an attack only grows. Schools need a cybersecurity program with active defense that responds immediately to threats. A program that can provide insurance against human error, like falling for a phishing scam.
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