Throughout the first half of 2023, K12 and higher education institutions experienced 85 ransomware attacks, nearly doubling last year's recording, according to a new analysis from Comparitech. Unfortunately for the education sector as a whole, it's a troubling trend that shows no signs of slowing down, and it's costing schools a fortune in downtime.
During the first six months of 2023, the education sector saw a 179% spike in overall attack volume compared to the first half of 2022. The attacks are seemingly regular as well, with 16.6% of victims reported being targeted at least once a month.
July 1 marked the beginning of the new fiscal year in most states, along with it new laws that will affect K12 and higher education. But for many teachers and students, they may prove themselves disruptive to learning and instruction.
“Schools that engage in fraud or misconduct are on notice that we may be listening, and they should clean up accordingly,” said Kristen Donoghue, FSA’s chief enforcement officer in the Department's announcement.
With Colorado and Rhode Island College of Design opting out of U.S. News Best College Rankings, a flood of other schools may follow suit. Is your school prepared to market itself effectively in the digital, consumer-first age?
PEN America and the American Council on Education (ACE) teamed up to provide campus leaders with viable strategies to fend off legislative attacks and leverage media relations and campus stakeholders in their defense.
Small, private institutions that lack "brand name," competitive edge and financial aid resources are in danger of closing around the country. One expert weighs in on how these schools can get their act together.