The rise in online learning has opened schools up to greater risk of malicious cyber attacks, security experts warn in a new study…
Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic began resulting in reactive health and safety measures. So, schools around the world have switched to online learning. While many in the United States have reopened for face-to-face instruction, a significant percentage still relies on conducting virtual lessons. This presents a bigger opportunity for hackers to break into closed systems in order to steal sensitive data and/or wreak havoc with vicious code.
US School Hacking Attempts Increase by 30 Percent
Third-party security researchers at Check Point are sounding the alarm about the steep increase in attempted hacks into educational facilities. The team’s latest paper reveals the United States is subject to the largest risk. But, other regions are also potential targets, as well.
While academic institution hacking is definitely not new, the amount of exposure has led to a marked rise in breaches, from 468 per week to 608 per week in the US. Meanwhile, European educational facilities have experienced a 24 percent increase in attempted hacks, while schools in Asia have seen a 21 percent increase. Those aren’t insignificant increases, either, considering schools are among the softest cyber targets, particularly when compared to financial institutions, and even corporate entities.
The security experts say that schools should employ a combination of proactive measures. This, to reduce the number of exploits. And, to establish policies that will also limit risk, applicable to both staff and students alike.