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School Cybersecurity: How Awareness Training Removes Attackers’ Options

June 2, 2021

Security Intelligence

There’s no sign that digital attacks are slowing down in this sector. On the contrary, schools suffered a combined total of 348 publicly disclosed malware infections, phishing scams, denial-of-service attacks and other attacks in 2019. That’s more than triple the number of attacks in the sector a year earlier.

Things didn’t get better in 2020. In April, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) warned that threat actors could take advantage of the world’s rapid transition to remote learning to undermine students’ safety and privacy online. A summer 2020 report found that the weekly number of digital attacks per school had risen from 368 in May and June to 608 in July and August.