The GAO says the cybersecurity risks facing schools have “substantially changed” and without an updated plan, “K–12 schools are less likely to have the federal products, services and support that can best help protect them from cyberattacks.”
K–12 Cybersecurity Is a Complicated Issue
These efforts seek to boost federal support at a time when cyberattacks against K–12 institutions have been trending upward. According to Doug Levin, national director of the K12 Security Information Exchange and founder of the K–12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, schools faced a record 408 cybersecurity incidents in 2020 alone.
Cybersecurity is “a complicated issue, and I don’t think there are a lot of easy solutions,” he told Politico in response to the passing of the K–12 Cybersecurity Act.