by Charlie Sander, for Help Net Security

Data breaches show no signs of slowing down and companies across many industry verticals fall victim to what now seems to be a regular occurrence.

Most attention around data breaches is on the commercial side, with Capital One being the recent high-profile breach, compromising the personal information of more than 100 million people. However, the education sector is proving to also be an attractive target.

This summer made it evident that K-12 school districts, higher education, and even commercial companies working with educational institutions are at risk. Notably, the state of Louisiana declared a state of emergency following an attack that disabled computers at three school districts. And it’s not just a problem in Louisiana – schools nationwide are being targeted by hackers.

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