Are Your Schools at Risk for Cyber Crime?
White Paper Summary
The Hoopeston, IL, area school district was hacked over a holiday weekend1 and parents received false emergency callout messages and pictures from the superintendent’s office. In Monroe County, FL., a school district was forced to shut down its computer system for five days² because the system was attacked by ransomware. The outage affected the delivery of student progress reports. And in Montana’s Flathead Valley, more than 30 public and private schools canceled classes because several schools received cyber threats³. The hackers sought payment via Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency and digital payment system, and threatened students with violence if their demands weren’t met.
These and other attacks are not only making headlines but they have a real impact, including costs to resolve, negative effects on reputation, and lost productivity.
Like most organizations, schools rely on data, networked computer systems, and connections to the internet. We suggest five things schools can do now to protect themselves in today’s digitally interconnected world.
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