3 million records a year are stolen in the educational sector – and that number is growing
The education sector is significantly lagging behind when it comes to cybersecurity. Cybercriminals know that schools have limited resources, but mounds of financial and personal data that are easily accessible. According to ED Guards’ Education Industry Cyber Incidents Report for 2018, 3 million records on average are stolen per year in the educational sector. And the number is growing.
In July, the U.S. Department of Education revealed that 62 colleges and universities were hacked by cybercriminals who gained access to student information via malicious requests on the internet, with reports claiming at least 600 fake or fraudulent student accounts were created in a 24-hour period and used for criminal activity almost immediately.