Security & Privacy


Education Sector Sees Massive Surge in Intrusions

A new threat report from data security firm CrowdStrike found that criminals engaging in intrusion into information systems are getting much more efficient at what they do. It also found that intrusions into academic systems are soaring.

Education Targeted by 'ChaChi' Remote Access Trojan

A previously unnamed remote access Trojan, or RAT, that had until recently been targeting local governments in France, has set its sights on the education sector in the United States. It’s being deployed by PYSA/Mespinoza ransomware operators, according to new research.

Internet Security Report: Fileless Malware on the Rise, Defenses Failing

Seventy-five percent of malware is going undetected by “traditional malware solutions,” according to a new report. And 74% of threats detected in the last quarter were zero-day malware, an all-time high, according to the researchers.

Malware via Removable Devices Nearly Doubles

Malware being delivered via removable media, such as USB drives, nearly doubled last year, according to a new report.

Cybersecurity Top K–12 IT Priority with Lousy Follow Through

Twenty-three percent of school systems have a full-time employee dedicated to network security. According to a new survey, urban districts were the most likely (41%) to have a cybersecurity specialist on staff, while rural and town districts were least likely (each with 15%); 19% of suburban districts reported a specialist.

K–12 Expanding Services in Response to Pandemic

In the last year, to help its community of students, families, teachers and staff through the pandemic, K-12 districts began offering new services. Those included contract tracing, remote counseling and more.

Students Get Mobile During Remote Learning

Students have been moving around quite a bit during remote learning — sometimes studying at friends houses, sometimes studying from multiple states.

Flexible IT Infrastructure for an Evolving Education Environment

As education institutions aim to become more flexible to meet modern demands, teachers will continue operating under hybrid learning models — making the need for disruption-free virtual lessons and network access all the more critical. To best accommodate these needs, investing in a flexible IT infrastructure that can support remote-learning, especially as our country undergoes one of the most pivotal time periods in history, will be an important factor.

Meeting 'Invasions' and Rise in Malware Characterize K–12 Cybersecurity in 2020

American schools suffered 408 information security attacks in 2020, according to the public disclosures they made. That was 18% higher than districts experienced in 2019.

Cybersecurity Training Elusive in K–12

K-12 educators haven't, for the most part, received basic cybersecurity training. Just 43 percent said their schools had provided such training, while 48 percent said they hadn't and eight percent said they didn't know or weren't sure.

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