Tag Archives: cybersecurity

Report: K-12 cybersecurity incidents, risks growing across the country

14 February
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K-12 local educational agencies nationwide experienced both more frequent and more significant cybersecurity incidents in 2018, according to a new report from The K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center. Data suggests the incidents did not discriminate by district type, location or size. There were 122 publicly reported K-12 cyber incidents in the U.S. in 2018, or about one incident every three days. A map on the center’s website shows the location of every reported cyber incident since 2016, in addition to a...

Sextortion: Another cyber danger for youth

22 January
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By Kathy Espinoza, assistant vice president, Ergonomics and Safety, Keenan A new form of online abuse and exploitation of young people is growing rapidly. It’s called “sextortion,” and it’s defined as the threatened dissemination of explicit, intimate or embarrassing images of a sexual nature without consent, usually for the purpose of procuring additional images, sexual acts, money or something else. New research from the Cyberbullying Research Center indicates that sextortion is more prevalent among adolescents than first realized, and youth...

Cyber thieves target school districts

15 November
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Schools and districts are being advised to safeguard against cyberattacks. The latest threat is from cyber bandits threatening to release student records if schools do not pay a ransom to retrieve their records. In some cases threats of violence have also been used. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the FBI is investigating the scheme. The hacking targets schools with weak data security using malicious software or through phishing attacks against district staff or employees. Phishing involves using an...