The education sector has become a prime target for cybercrime due to the vast amount of valuable personal data available and a combination of understaffing in information technology, lagging security standards and limited funding to improve both. Ransomware attacks, which encrypt and lock valuable files and systems until a ransom is paid, are a particular scourge for school districts.
Education data breaches hit a record high in 2021 and show no signs of slowing down. Recent months have seen districts and even a state education department exposed in attacks on third-party vendors, the realization that school safety plans could be at risk of being leaked and undermined in data breaches, and the introduction of a bipartisan proposal to strengthen K-12 cybersecurity.
To help you get caught up on this constantly evolving issue, we’ve gathered a selection of recent coverage below.