Mar 30 2020

The State of Ransomware in K–12

In the past four years, there have been more than 700 million cybersecurity-related incidents that have disrupted school operations, according to the K–12 Cyber Incident Map. That number will continue to grow as school districts become increasingly data-rich, yet still fall victim to ransomware attacks and hacking campaigns.

In this recorded webinar, CDW Principal Field Solution Architect Mikela Lea gives an overview of what ransomware is in the K–12 field and how schools can protect themselves against it.

K–12 schools need an evolved security approach as cyberthreats are always evolving. Discover how you can best protect your school IT infrastructure here


    Mikela Lea, Principal Field Solution Architect, CDW

Video Highlights

  • It takes an average of 10 days for schools infected with ransomware to restore their network, which doesn't account for the time needed for full recovery and investigation. Plus, the average cost per security breach in education is $4 million. 
  • Ransomware attacks typically start with phishing campaigns and "malvertising," which involves injecting malware into legitimate online networks and web pages. 
  • Implementing solutions such as next-generation endpoint protection and DNS filtering, combined with a security assessment, can help protect schools from ransomware attacks.