K-12 school districts are on the leading edge of adopting cloud technology, including G Suite and Office 365, to improve student experiences and operational efficiencies. At the same time, districts are not leading in cloud security. As a result, they are increasingly experiencing cybersecurity incidents that put student, staff, and community outcomes at risk.
This infographic is developed in partnership with the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, based in part on the data from its 2019 K-12 Cybersecurity Year in Review Report. It breaks down the total number of cybersecurity incidents affecting K-12 education industries in 2019, in which and new research found 348 publicly disclosed incidents — a 185% increase year-over-year. The data also shows that districts with an enrollment of 2,500 to 9,999 students experienced 38.79% of cybersecurity incidents and urban districts with 10,000 or more students are most likely to experience a future incident.
- 60% of the total cybersecurity incidents were due to a data breach or unauthorized disclosure of sensitive data
- Ransomware accounted for 17.82% of the total cybersecurity incidents
- Worldwide cybercrime losses amounted to a total of $3.5 billion
- While there are over 180 million users of G Suite and Microsoft 365 for Education, only 3% of school districts are currently using cloud security technology