How Are Students Launching DDoS Attacks on Districts?
While today’s K–12 students are digital natives, most haven’t become mastermind hackers overnight. The fact is, they don’t need to.
DDoS attacks can be purchased online, sometimes for as little as $5. Students need only enough skill to research and find an attacker willing to shut down their school’s network for the right price.
The result is a cyberattack that is hard to trace and comes from multiple locations at once.
How Can Schools Prevent DDoS Attacks?
To prevent DDoS attacks, schools need up-to-date security measures. Older cybersecurity solutions aren’t capable of keeping up with modern DDoS attacks, which are increasing in size and frequency, according to TechRepublic.
Districts must consider multilayer security strategies to properly defend against these cyberthreats. Firewalls may also help, but Amazon Web Services recommends content distribution networks or load balancers combined with restrictions on direct internet traffic to databases and other sensitive locations. Working with outside partners can help K–12 IT teams find the right security elements for their networks.