Security & Privacy


1 in 10 Phishing E-mails Fool Users in Education

In a recent study, 10 percent of simulated phishing e-mails sent to users in education institutions were successful, triggering the recipient to click on a fraudulent link. That's according to the 2018 State of the Phish report from Wombat Security Technologies, in which researchers measured the average click rates on phishing tests across various industries. Education had an average click rate of 10 percent; the industries that performed worst in the tests were telecommunications and retail, with 15 percent and 14 percent average click rates, respectively. 

Training Cuts Phishing Success

A new study by a security training company has found that even a few months of security awareness instruction can have a big impact on how well recipients respond to phishing attempts. In the education segment, specifically, KnowBe4 found that 27.16 percent of staff were "phishing-prone" — likely to open e-mails or click on files containing malware. After three months of training, the same people were 30 percent less likely to open such e-mail; and after a year, they were 88 percent less likely to do so.

Most Popular Password Is 123456

Recently, researchers at security firm 4iQ reported that they'd found a database of 1.4 billion clear text credentials, an aggregate database twice as large as any other ever uncovered in the dark web. The password 123456 was found in the database 9.2 million times.

NC District Hit with Malware Costing $314,000 for Cleanup

Rockingham County School District Superintendent Rodney Shotwell explained that even after all of the infected computers at the district were cleaned and re-imaged, they became re-infected. At that point the district IT team called in the cavalry, including the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as local IT experts.

Ransomware Breach Strikes 700 Texas Students

A compromised computer led to a data breach in Texas affecting 39 school districts.

Report: Internet of Things to Tip $1 Trillion by 2020

Hardware will lead the way among technology categories in IoT spending in 2018, accounting for $239 billion "going largely toward modules and sensors along with some spending on infrastructure and security."

Privacy Concerns Dominate 2017 Student Data Legislation

Since 2013, lawmakers in 49 states have introduced 503 bills, and 41 states have passed 94 laws regarding education data privacy and security, according to the latest accounting by the Data Quality Campaign.

Education Data Breaches Double in First Half of 2017

The number of lost, stolen or compromised records is up 164 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the last half of 2016, according to a new report. The number of breaches in the education sector more than doubled in the same period, jumping 103 percent, according to the report.

End Users Getting Better at Identifying Phishing Attacks

Users today are more likely to recognize a phishing attack than they were a year ago, according to data from Wombat Security Technologies.

K12 Federation Seeks to Unite School Technology Leaders Nationwide

The educational cooperative of technology leaders at K–12 schools is focused on interoperability, security and other pressing tech issues.

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