Securing K-12 schools takes a multi-prong line of defense. The physical campus needs to be fortified against live, in-person attacks, while the school needs to shield its IT/network from cyberattacks, protect sensitive data and monitor threats against all three.

Statistics paint a disturbing picture.

A report by the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center found that there were 122 publicly disclosed cybersecurity incidents at K-12 schools in 2018. Most involved data breaches where bad actors—including students sometimes—obtained unauthorized access to private information.

In about the same timeframe, the nonprofit Educator's School Safety Network found that at least 3,380 threats and incidents of violence were reported...

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  • About the Author:

    Robert Lerose is a freelance writer who covers issues and topics in the education sector.