Jason Glassberg of Casaba Security writes:
With the 2016-2017 school year already underway, it’s time to draw attention to an ongoing and very serious problem facing the US education system: our schools are ill-equipped to face the mounting threats posed by hackers.
While the education system isn’t the worst US industry in terms of cybersecurity, it remains high on the list of vulnerable sectors. This is particularly troubling since the education system has access to tens of millions of records on children and young adults ― who are perfect targets for identity thieves.
According to Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report, the education sector ranked sixth overall in the US for the total number of reported “security incidents” last year. This was notably higher than two other industry sectors which have also been plagued with security problems: healthcare (153 percent higher) and retail (160 percent higher).
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