Online Ed is the New Corporate Threat Vector


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Schools became a major hotspot for cyberattacks as students moved to online learning. In the last 30 days, education was the most targeted sector, receiving more than 60% of all malware encounters, or more than 5 million incidents, according to Microsoft Security Intelligence. The Government Accounting Office wants to know what the U.S. Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies can do to protect schools from attacks. Some help is coming from the private sector — IBM announced on Feb. 4 a $3 million grant to help protect K-12 schools against ransomware and other attacks. It’s a good start, but more is needed in the way of resources, training and education to truly tackle the problem, especially given the fact that learning from home has increased the threat vector for businesses, too.

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