Report Finds Increase in Data Breaches in Education and Offers Tips to Help Prevent Them

Report Finds Increase in Data Breaches in Education and Offers Tips to Help Prevent Them
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Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) provides a comprehensive view of global cybersecurity from an analysis of more than 53,000 cybersecurity incidents and over 2,300 data breaches from over 65 countries. Key findings in the education sector include:

70 percent of all cyber incidents in education were financially motivated.
◗ Social engineering targeting personal information, specifically around W-2 scams, remains high.
◗ Highly sensitive research is also at risk, with 20 percent of attacks motivated by espionage.
12 percent of attacks were motivated by “fun” rather than financial gain.
◗ Education continues to face denial-of-service (DoS) attacks.
79 percent of threat actors were external, and 21 percent were internal.

Proactive steps to take now include:
◗ Stay vigilant.
◗ Train staff to spot the warning signs.
◗ Keep data on a “need to know” basis.
◗ Patch promptly.
◗ Encrypt sensitive data.
◗ Use two-factor authentication.
◗ Don’t forget physical security.

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