The education sector faces evolving cyber threats: insider errors, ransomware attacks, and vendor vulnerabilities.
Schools face evolving cyber threats in an increasingly digital educational landscape. Insider errors, ransomware attacks, and vendor vulnerabilities require a strong focus on school cyber hygiene and awareness to safeguard sensitive data, says Charlie Sander, CEO of ManagedMethods.
Although we talk about the seriousness of the cybersecurity threat in education a lot, it is worth repeating this alarming Microsoft statistic 6,110,425 (80.1% of the global total) Opens a new window enterprise malware encounters in the last 30 days were from the education sector.
Due to the lack of effective cybersecurity procedures in schools and the high value of the data that hackers can obtain on the black market, hackers frequently target educational institutions. For instance, files including the names, addresses, social security numbers, and other personally identifiable information of students may be sold to exploitative bidders who may use the information to set up fraudulent loans.