Digital transformation increases cyber risks in education


Digital learning is moving full speed ahead, but it comes with cyber risks such as security vulnerabilities, ransomware, and phishing

School systems going through digital transformation have a growing need for comprehensive network security. As the popularity of digital learning continues to grow, securing educational data and systems has become increasingly imperative. According to a recent report, 98 percent of school districts in America now take advantage of digital learning within their curriculum. Further, internet access within schools is growing, with 40.7 million more students now having access to high-speed internet than in 2013. However, to reach the FCC’s 1 Mbps/student goal, most organizations still need to increase their bandwidth, which in turn means increasing their attack surface.

The widening attack surface within the education sector calls for an increase in cybersecurity awareness.

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In order to aid educational organizations with their growing need for network security, a report from Fortinet outlines foundational threat intelligence on a quarterly basis in its Threat Landscape Report. In Q1 of 2019, FortiGuard Labs highlights a number of threats that school systems should be aware of, including new ransomware, phishing, and DDoS attacks.

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