IT Leaders Face Cybersecurity and Student Data Privacy Challenges
Cybersecurity remains a top priority, though findings indicate that, simultaneously, risks are underestimated. The majority of district IT leaders surveyed (84 percent) do not rate any cybersecurity threat as a high risk. Yet in 2020, cyberattacks against K–12 institutions rose by 18 percent, with a total of 408 incidents occurring in 377 school districts across 40 states, according to “The State of K-12 Cybersecurity: 2020 Year in Review” by K12 SIX.
The K12 SIX report also notes that a single school district lost a record-setting $9.8 million as the result of a cyberattack last year.
The seeming lack of concern regarding cybersecurity threats could stem from the high degree of confidence that 54 percent of respondents to the CoSN report have in their ability to address them, should they occur.
“Given that the FBI, [MS-ISAC], and CISA jointly stated that K-12 is the most targeted public sector for ransomware, it is surprising that district IT Leaders do not rate this risk higher,” the report states.
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