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.

Ostra Cyber Security provides active defense for businesses and schools by protecting staff AND student access to the internet whether at home or at school

Want to find out more? Contact us today at protection@ostra.net

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