Students entrust educational institutions to secure their academic records, personal identifiable information (PII), and protected health information (PHI). A cybersecurity breach could severely harm an institution’s reputation, as well as put students’ security and future opportunities at risk. 

Cyber Challenges for the Education Sector

According to Symantec, the education sector accounted for ten percent of reported security breaches in 2014. EdTech Magazine reported in 2015 that 1.35 million personal identities were exposed to hackers in the education sector. Awareness in cyber risks has been overlooked in the education sector making it an easy target. These breaches affect institutions both on the University / College and K-12 level.  In addition, both types of institutions have suffered from a series of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. MIT noted that they had more than 35 DDoS campaigns in in the first half of 2016.

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Fortalice’s Experience in the Education Sector  

A prominent school district in the US hired to conduct an incident response report after the district’s network experienced an increase in network traffic.  Fortalice performed an initial analysis on the supplied network logs and concluded that the network was experiencing a DDoS attack and identified the attack delivery method.  

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