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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About the Author:

Anthony Giandomenico is an experienced information security executive, evangelist, entrepreneur and mentor with over 20 years of experience. In his current position at Fortinet, he is focused on delivering knowledge, tools and methodologies to properly demonstrate advanced threat concept and defense strategy using a practical approach to security. Anthony works closely with FortiGuard Labs and Fortinet System Engineering to respond to advanced threats as they break – and proactively plan beforehand.

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