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.
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The country's leaders made it clear at a panel this past Tuesday that there are federal dollars available to meet cybersecurity's booming workforce demands. Colleges are responding by either creating new programs for this upcoming academic year or strengthening their existing ones.