February 14, 2019

Report: A New Cybersecurity Incident Strikes K-12 Schools Nearly Every Three Days

Just a little over a month into 2019, already about a dozen cybersecurity incidents have struck U.S. school districts. And if the past is any indication, more are likely to come. A U.S. school district becomes the victim of a cyberattack almost as often as every three days, according to a report released recently.

Last year, public K-12 education institutions experienced 122 known cybersecurity incidents, ranging from data breaches to phishing scams and ransomware attacks. But that only represents the tip of the iceberg, says Doug Levin, author of “The State of K-12 Cybersecurity: 2018 Year in Review.”

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