New research finds ‘record-breaking’ number of K-12 cyber incidents in 2020

By: | March 11, 2021

A new report found that K-12 schools in the United States experienced a “record-breaking” number of cyber incidents during 2020 as classes moved online and hackers moved in on vulnerable targets in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report, put together by the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center, tracked 408 cybersecurity incidents that hit K-12 institutions over the past year, an 18 percent increase from 2019 and an average of two cyberattacks per school day aimed at the nation’s education system.

These attacks significantly affected classes during 2020, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to move classes online, giving hackers more opportunities to exploit vulnerabilities.

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