Schools More Vulnerable to Cyberattacks Than Companies

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With some schools enrolling thousands of students across multiple campuses, cybersecurity is an issue that school principals should have on their radar.

While vulnerable, schools are probably not particularly high-value targets, which means that the risk is probably somewhat less – the pros go for where the gains are biggest. But anyone can be the target of vandals.

So how can principals drive better cybersecurity education?

Schools are in a similar position as many companies and organizations in terms of the lack of skills to face cyber threats. However, schools have an incredible asset in the form of smart kids. Many of them are very fast in understanding IT problems.

While schools should let students play and experiment, they must provide the right supervision and guidance to lead them in the right direction.

A renowned information security expert says cybersecurity education is lacking in schools as the public remains divided over who should be responsible for such training. There is an urgent need for trained cybersecurity staff in schools, many of which lack this kind of specialist teaching.

There are very few teachers who are specialized in cybersecurity education, and this is an issue in itself because this kind of education is important in a digital world.

Ransomware’s business model is proven to work, and this ongoing issue demonstrates that no matter how reputable or confident a company is with their security policies, they are still vulnerable and at risk. While it’s understandable that businesses want to pay the ransom to get their files back, the reality is that there is no guarantee that the cybercriminal will actually return the files, even if the ransom is paid.

The best way to mitigate the risks of ransomware is user awareness, such as backing up your data. Unfortunately, ransomware attacks can impact cloud storage services and network drives.

To avoid this, create a physical backup on a DVD or portable drive, and keep it in a secure location that is not connected to your computer.

Hover before you click to make sure you know the end destination of links, change your passwords regularly and keep your operating systems up-to-date. Don’t open emails from unknown senders.

Taking these steps will ensure that your school is as safe as possible from a cyberattack.

(Story via The Educator)