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Cyber Threat Protection For The Education Sector

According to the 2022 Global Risks Report, 82% of malware attacks target the education sector. In the US alone, cybersecurity incidents affecting schools have increased almost 900% since 2019. Similarly in the UK, authorities report that ransomware attacks went up by more than 140% in the last two years.

Understanding the risks of vulnerabilities and cyber attacks is the best way to defend schools and students against threats.

A social engineering attack that attempts to collect information from victims.

Lack of security awareness
82% of breaches in 2022 involved human error, including incidents targeting happy clickers.

Use of outdated or EOL software
Continued use of end-of-life (EOL) software poses a consequential risk and leads to security vulnerabilities.

Now more than ever, we’re embracing the bring-your own-device culture. Not only are students and teachers more comfortable using their own devices – and therefore more productive – BYOD programs implemented in schools breed greater device longevity (as students are more likely to care for their own equipment), increased student collaboration and organisation, and even empowerment, as there are a multitude of apps available to encourage and assist learning, including those specific to reading and writing.
But there are many security and privacy concerns with students having uninterrupted access to their devices – after all, BYOD has coined a copycat term: BYOR (bring your own risk). Personal devices are much more prone to malware, accessing consumer sites that don’t necessarily provide the same level of security afforded sites designed for business-to-business transactions.



Managing the IT systems for any educational institution is no small feat. This industry needs security solutions that empower educators to deliver an inclusive learning experience. Access control, asset protection, identity security, and securing endpoints are only a few of the solutions required to enable a reliable learning environment.


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