Cybersecurity Solutions for K-12 Schools

Ransomware Attacks on the Rise:
Is Your School Next?

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Downtime costs to education institutions in 2022

K-12 districts impacted by ransomware in 2023

Schools impacted in districts in 2023

77 of the 108 districts had data stolen in 2023

Make sure your school won’t be the next victim becoming a ransomware statistic!

Protect Your School, Your Students, and Your Reputation. Don’t Let Your Data Fall into the Wrong Hands!

Everyone is a target!

but not everyone is an EASY target!

Nobody is safe

Regardless of size or socioeconomic status, every school district and educational institution stands vulnerable to the devastating consequences of confidential data attacks.

The Power of Prevention

Your cybersecurity concerns are well-founded, especially in today’s digital landscape where threats are rapidly evolving and constantly growing. 

At the core of our strengths is our ability to address these issues head-on. We focus on the prevention of cyber attacks through comprehensive services:

Compliance:

  • Security Audits and Compliance
  • Cybersecurity Awareness Training

Audit Services:

  • Security Updates and Patches
  • Security Audits and Compliance
  • Secure Local and Remote Access Management

Penetration Testing:

  • Comprehensive Network Security
  • Robust Threat Detection and Prevention

Risk Assessments:

  • Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
  • Incident Response and Recovery

These services offer the essential benefits needed to safeguard your facilities from cyber-attacks and ensure full compliance with regulatory requirements.

  • Enhanced Data Security and Privacy
  • Reduced Risk of Disruption
  • Improved Staff and Student Confidence
  • Reduced Financial Risks
  • Enhanced Reputation
  • Secure Remote Learning
  • Improved Compliance with Regulations
  • Fostering Culture of Cybersecurity Awareness

Secure your valuable data with our state-of-the-art defenses by partnering with our experienced team of professionals.

Schools face rising ransomware attacks yearly. Is your school ready to defend against them?

Today, cybersecurity is no longer optional for US schools

  • Schools are data-rich targets: Student records, health information, and financial data are all valuable targets for cybercriminals.
  • Ransomware attacks are on the rise: Schools are increasingly targeted due to limited IT resources and potentially outdated systems.
  • The consequences are severe: Ransomware attacks can disrupt learning, damage reputations, and result in significant financial losses.
  • Data breaches can have a lasting impact: Exposure of student information, teacher data and administrative files can lead to identity theft, emotional distress with serious financial and political consequences.
Source: Comparitech – “Ransomware attacks on educational institutions”

K-12 cybersecurity risks

Phishing attacks

Schools often struggle to educate students, teachers and staff on how to identify and avoid them. Clicking on malicious links or attachments can be a major entry point for ransomware.

Limited IT Security budgets

Schools often have tight budgets, which can make it challenging to invest in robust cybersecurity measures, staff and teachers training, and tools to protect against ransomware.

Lack of cybersecurity awareness and training

Effective cybersecurity training for teachers, staff, and students is critical for identifying threats and preventing ransomware. However, schools often lack resources for comprehensive programs, leaving them vulnerable to social engineering and malware.

Unsecured remote access

Inadequate security measures on remote desktop protocols (RDP) or virtual private networks (VPNs) can expose school networks to exploitation by attackers. The expanded use of remote learning platforms heightens ransomware threats.

Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policies

The widespread use of personal devices in schools can introduce additional security risks and make it harder to maintain control over the network.

Outdated and unpatched software

Many schools use outdated hardware and software, like firewalls and antivirus tools, leaving them vulnerable to ransomware. Updating is vital but difficult due to budget and compatibility issues, requiring IT staff’s immediate attention.

Inadequate network segmentation and access controls

Weak access controls in schools can lead to unauthorized access to sensitive data, either accidentally or through social engineering. Establishing robust access control protocols and user privilege management is imperative for safeguarding information.

Inadequate Backup and Disaster Recovery strategies

Neglecting regular data backups and recovery testing can lead to substantial data loss and prolonged system downtime during a ransomware attack. A dependable backup and recovery plan is essential to mitigate the devastating consequences of such attacks.

Third-Party vendor risks

Third-party vendors and service providers are commonly relied upon by schools. However, a breach in their systems can expose schools to ransomware attacks, enabling attackers to infiltrate school infrastructure.

Regulatory compliance challenges

Schools must comply with various regulations (e.g., FERPA, HIPAA) that can add complexity to their cybersecurity efforts and increase the impact of a ransomware attack.

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Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

COPPA

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

Requires operators of websites, online services, or mobile apps directed at children under 13 to notify parents and obtain their consent before collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children.
Schools offering healthcare services directly to students and manages health information, need to comply with HIPAA regulations on protecting the privacy and security of health information. This includes securing electronic personal health information (ePHI) against cybersecurity threats.

CIPA

Children’s Internet Protection Act

While primarily focused on content filtering for harmful online material, CIPA also requires schools to educate students on online safety, including cybersecurity, appropriate online behavior, and privacy protection.

State-Specific Student Data Privacy Laws

Many states have enacted their own student data privacy laws that go beyond FERPA. For example, California’s Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) prohibits the selling of student data and using such data for targeted advertising.