Cyber security is growing in importance in 2023. “Schools sustained almost the same number of cyberattacks in 2022 as 2021, despite the U.S. government’s efforts to thwart the threat, according to Emsisoft’s year-end report published on Monday. The endpoint protection firm identified one more incident last year than the year prior.” -Emsisoft
At least 44 universities or colleges and 45 U.S. school districts were hit by ransomware attacks in 2022. The total marks the slightest possible increase from the 88 education institutions impacted the year prior, according to Emsisoft.
Ransomware hit US schools at a steady rate in 2022, according to this article by Cybersecurity Dive‘s Matt Kapko. “The true numbers are likely much greater. Not all incidents are publicly disclosed or claimed as such by threat actors on the dark web.” School districts are particularly vulnerable because of the value of their data and because their technology tends to be outdated.
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