The education/research sector has the highest rate of cyberattacks, with an average of 2.256 weekly cyberattacks per organization.
With back to school in full swing, cybercriminals have targeted Educational and Research Organizations. According to Check Point Research (CPR), the Education/Research sector has faced the highest rate of cyber-attacks by a staggering margin compared to other industries. Every week, the average number of cyber attacks faced by an educational/research organization is an alarming 2256. The CPR shares new data on the trend per region and country:
- Compared to other industries, the Education/Research sector presents the higher rate of cyber attacks, by a huge margin
● The area APAC recorded the highest rate of weekly cyberattacks by educational institution, with an average of 4529 attacks per week
● H Europe showed the biggest change compared to the same period last year, with an increase of 11% year-on-year.
Education/Research Cyber Attacks
Tips for schools:
It is important for schools to keep up to date with the latest cyber security threats and measures.
To stay protected, they should invest in anti-virus software and turn on automatic updates. Strong firewalls and internet gateways should be established to protect against cyber-attacks and other malicious content.
It is necessary to check any third party providers to ensure that their system is secure. Regular monitoring and analysis of systems is essential to detect any unusual activity.
Finally, schools should make sure to invest in training in issues of online cyber security for both their staff and students so that they are well informed about potential risks.
Tips for students:
To ensure the safety of students: they themselves must take safety measures when participating in online courses.
Cameras must be covered and microphones blocked when class is not in session, and all personal information must be kept out of the camera's field of view.
Links should only be selected when they come from trusted sources. When accessing the school portal, log in directly, not via a link sent with Email, and watch out for domains that look like public tools.
Additionally, strong passwords should be used and confidential information should never be shared over the cloud.
Tips for parents:
Talk to your kids about phishing. Instruct them to never click on links in an email until they have spoken with you first.
Emphasize to your children that sending inappropriate messages or jokes online is not acceptable. Emphasize to them that if they or someone they know is a victim of cyberbullying, they should tell you immediately.
Make it clear to them that leaving their device unattended can lead to adverse consequences, such as hackers accessing their identity on Internet.
Use parental controls to ensure information sharing meets your standards.
Raise their awareness by spending time, money, etcconditions to inform them about cyber security threats and solutions.